Community News: July 2016

July 24 - 30, 2016: Issue 273

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 273Bilgola's Lady Of Pure Determination, 2016 NSW Grommet and Junior State Titles's Big Splash, Pretty Woman First to Hoist her sails, Blue-Green-Blue

This week Samson Coulter, Alysse Cooper and Bodhi Leigh-Jones have won 1st and 2nds in the NSW Junior Champions and State School Titles - in fact, surfers from the Northern Beaches feature so frequently among the place-getters you'd be forgiven for thinking 'there's something in the water' around here!

See: 2016 Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State Surfing Titles (15th - 19th) for reports and photos of local surfers from Surfing NSW on that event and this Issue's Aquatics Feature for the 2016 Ocean & Earth NSW State School Titles reports, pictures and results HERE

Also: 2016 NSW Grommet State Titles (22nd-24th at Maroubra) - reports + photos by Glenn Duffus and Ethan Smith /Surfing NSW


Aquatics: 2016 Ocean & Earth NSW State School Titles reports, pictures and results by Surfing NSW

Pictures: Blue Green Blue Green

Palm Beach Mermaids - Car 2108 - Set To Sparkle At 2016 Variety Fundraising Dinner: Monday August 1st, 2016

Community Seeks To Acknowledge Historic Groundbreaking Contributions - November 18, 1956 and November 2nd, 1969 - what do these dates mean to you? - feedback sought

ProfileAv Green Team - This Youth-run, volunteer-based environment initiative has been attracting high praise from the founders of Living Ocean as much as other local environment groups recently. Turning up for Beach Cleans, or starting their own, underlines an ‘action speaks louder than words’ ethos is at the core of this group. 

History: Pittwater Heroes and Heroines I: Sir Herbert Henry Schlink transformed the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from a small unit of some 600 beds to a great city hospital of over 1400 beds, founded the King George V Hospital Memorial Hospital for Mothers and Babies, pioneered the use of cobalt ray therapy in treating pelvic cancer and instigated the systematic follow-up of cancer patients - when he wanted peace he came here - to Careel Bay

Artist of the Month:  July 2016 Meg Webster First Profile of the Week for July 2016 is Meg Webster, a member of the Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners IncA talented and expert Calligrapher, who has also pursued Folk Art for many years, this combination of skills and talent has enhanced and added dimensions to her woodturned works.

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Tumbledown Reaches 50 Years Of Service

July 22, 2016
Ingleside Brigade volunteers congratulate our neighbours, Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade (also in the suburb of Ingleside) on reaching 50 years of Service to the Community. 

Ingleside and Tumble have a long history of working together on many bushfires and other incidents in our community and across NSW. Both our Brigades regularly socialised and helped each other out over the past 50 years.

Tonight, we say, CONGRATULATIONS

NSW IRB Athletes Out To Make Their Mark

By SLS NSW
After a winter of thrilling races during the Premiership Series and at the State Championships, IRB crews from all around NSW will be seeking glory when they return to Mollymook SLSC this weekend for the season ending Interstate and Australian Championships.

The idyllic South Coast town is a popular hosting choice, with action in the 2016 IRB Interstate and Australian Championships taking place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July.

Before the club commitments get underway in the afternoon session of Day 1, attention will focus on the representative round with the Blues looking to improve on last season’s third placing.

The NSW Interstate team including a development team made up of the next generation of IRB stars have been fine tuning their skills leading up to this year’s event.

The 34 talented Surf Lifesavers in the State squad held a training session two weeks ago at Kurnell Sydney with the team aiming to do what NSW athletes have had difficulty in doing in recent years – knock Queensland off top spot.

It will be a quick turnaround from teammates to rival for the state’s representatives with the Australian Championships kicking off on Friday afternoon.

NSW will be represented by 14 clubs at the Australian Championships with IRB Premiership and State Championship winners, Kiama Downs firming as one of the leading medal contenders.

Despite Kiama Downs blitzing the field in the race for domestic glory this season, Hunter clubs, Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay won’t be far off the pace and will fancy their chances of a strong return.

Having the Australian IRB Championships on the same beach as the NSW carnival is a great advantage for NSW athletes and will boost their confidence knowing their rivals have travelled a lot further to race.
Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager, Rob Pidgeon says NSW clubs performed exceptionally well throughout the Premiership and State Championships and is confident that they can bring that form to Mollymook Beach.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how the NSW crews compete this weekend. They’ve worked very hard to get to this point so we wish them the best of luck,” Rob Pidgeon said.

“Mollymook SLSC have been outstanding when hosting major events and we expect nothing less for the Interstate and Australian IRB Championships, and we’re sure our interstate visitors will feel that way too.”

The IRB Interstate Championships is set to kick off on Friday 22 July at 9am with the Australian Championships to follow at 11:30am and begin at 8am on both Saturday and Sunday.

NSW Clubs competing at the Australian IRB Championships:
Bungan Beach SLSC, Catherine Hill Bay SLSC, Caves Beach SLSC, Coogee SLSC, Elouera SLSC, Kiama Downs SLSC, Newport SLSC, North Cronulla SLSC, North Curl Curl SLSC, Queenscliff SLSC, South Maroubra SLSC, Terrigal SLSC, Thirroul SLSC and Woonona SLSC.

Aussie IRB Titles day 1.. 
by SLSA
Day one of the 2016 National IRB Championships at Mollymook beach opened with the Interstate Championships.

The rising 1m swell certainly made for close and skilful racing, where competitors showcased their rescue skills.

Maintaining their perfect record since the inception of the Interstate event, the eighth consecutive win, the mighty Queensland team swept all before them to re-claim their title.

Queensland finished the event with 51 points, while NSW finished in second on 39 points and South Australia taking third place on 32 points.
Open competition has now commenced and with the threat of deteriorating weather conditions and a predicted rise in swell officials are getting through the program as quickly as possible.

Great Action images loaded on www.harvpix.com

Zonta Birthing Kit Packing Day 2016

Each year the Zonta Club of Northern Beaches arranges a Birthing Kit Packing Day when community members assist to pack simple birthing kits. These kits are distributed in developing countries by the Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia in association with partners in those countries. A health training program is integrated with the distribution of kits.

Each kit costs $3 in materials packed and training program delivery.
If you can help to assemble kits on the day please call Margaret - see contact details below.
Soup For Soibada - Fundraising social evening to warm your soul

Friday, August 19 at 6:30 PM - 11 PM
Maria Regina Church Hall, Central Rd Avalon Beach

Enjoy the community spirit, warm soup and live music as we raise funds for education projects in Soibada! 
Entry is by donation at the door!
A variety of soups will be served with crusty bread!
Hear the latest news from our July trip to the village!

Powerful Surf Forecast For NSW

Saturday 23 July 2016 - SLS NSW
Southern facing beaches and exposed rock platforms from the far South Coast through to Seal Rocks on the NSW Mid North Coast have been warned to expect powerful surf conditions tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology and Lifesavers are urging all surfers, swimmers, rock fishers and boat users to check weather forecasts and not to take unnecessary risks while out on the water this weekend.

A southerly swell is expected to intensify overnight with peaks of 3-4 metres forecast along much of the coast. It will continue to strengthen throughout Sunday with coastal winds predicted as well.

With emergency agencies including the Bureau of Meteorology and Council Lifeguards continuing the monitor developing systems throughout the state, it is believed that these powerful swells will continue into Monday before easing next week.

A long swell period of between 12-13 seconds is has also been forecast for most of the coastline with rock fishers in particular urged to be aware of deceptive conditions especially when getting onto and off exposed platforms.

“The warmer weather conditions we experienced late last week have been a welcome break for people looking to escape the cold of winter,” NSW Lifesaving Officer Shaun Hudson said.

“As a result, there has been a slight increase in people heading to the beach and with volunteer lifesavers not due to resume patrols until spring, it’s important that people heed the safety warnings.

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are. If you’re going fishing or out on a boat make sure you always wear a lifejacket,” Mr Hudson concluded.

A number of beaches will remain patrolled around NSW throughout the winter months by Council Lifeguards. Please see www.beachsafe.org.au for a full list of these patrolled locations. Volunteer lifesavers will return for the commencement of the 2016/17 season from Saturday September 24.

General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions:
  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. Seewww.beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations/times
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police
Mermaids of Palm Beach 2016 Dinner for Variety, The Children's Charity

Those marathon drivers of Car 2108 will be holding their annual Dinner and Entertainment, with fabulous raffles, at Club Palm Beach (Palm Beach RSL) on Monday August 1st - don't be late!

The Endless Strummers will be.... strumming.
The scrumptious food will be .... forthcoming.
The company fit for kings, queens...and Mermaids!

Beryl, Elyse and Viktorija have some brand new Mermaids costumes
That classic Holden will be parked out front getting ready to go vroom vroom!

So folks, get in fast
These tickets won't last!
$40.00 for food and fun,
Email or call Beryl and the deal is done.
Ph: 0410 478 897 - beryldriver@bigpond.com

Northern Beaches – Sunshine communication forum (NDIS)

August 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The NDIS is rolling out in Sydney from July 1. Meet with our Leaders to find out what this transition means for people with disability, families & carers.

There will be information on:
• Managing the transition to the NDIS and what support is available
• Sunshine’s approach
• Q&A

Everyone is welcome.
RSVP ESSENTIAL
Cathy Bennett: 02 9496 8771 or email: info@sunshinelgd.org.au
More information on how to register at sunshinelgd.org.au/sunshines-communication-forums-2016/

We welcome any questions you may have for the Q&A session ahead of time.

If you would prefer us to connect with you via email please register your email address with us at info@sunshinelgd.org.au
What: Sunshine’s Northern Beaches communication forum
When: 25 August, 10:30am  – Free entry
Where: Dee Why RSL, 932 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why

Notice: Update On Church Point Construction Works

Dear Scotland Island Residents,

As stage one of the Church Point Upgrade is about to start, we ask that you kindly share this update with your members.

Between July 2016 and April 2017, we will undertake reclamation works and build a new sea wall, main road and walkway.

Work to date
Over the past few months we have worked with our contractor, Ward Civil and Environmental Engineering, to prepare for the construction and finalise designs. Work is also underway to approve details of the construction design and to develop aesthetics features, which is being done collaboratively with community representatives through an Aesthetics Advisory Committee.   

Works are almost complete on the construction of a temporary wharf that will offset commuter boat tie-ups during stage one and stage two works.

What’s next?
We expect to begin setting up the construction site towards the end of July although this is subject to final authority approvals. Initially this will include the contractor offices, environmental controls and temporary services. Related pedestrian, boating and traffic arrangements will also be made at this stage.

Refer to the attached map or our website to view the location map, which highlights various aspects of the site.

We will make every endeavour to minimise inconvenience during construction and keep you up to date along the way. More details will be shared on our website and via community updates. You are also welcome to make contact with me any time.

Thank you for your patience while we prepare for construction. 

Regards,

Grant Tighe
Project Manager, Church Point Upgrade
NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL

P: 9970 1339
M: 0466 513 567

2016 Awards Of Excellence Finalists Announced

Monday 18 Jul 2016: SLS NSW
Surf Life Saving NSW is preparing to celebrate the commitment and heroic actions of the season’s most outstanding volunteers at the 2016 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence, proudly presented by Stramit Building Products.

Every year Surf Life Saving members are officially recognised for their hard work and dedication to Surf Life Saving in NSW. The Awards of Excellence will be held at The Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney on Saturday 13 August.

Some of the night's top awards include Surf Lifesaver of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Branch and Club of the Year.

Tickets
Tickets to the event are selling fast and can be purchased atwww.surflifesaving.com.au/awards. Remember you can save over 15% when you purchase a table (10p), so come with your club mates and celebrate the 2015/16 season.

2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence Finalists

Surf Lifesaver of the Year:
• Luke Blunn, Evans Head-Casino
• Tony Worton, Camden Haven
• Brendan Pieschel, Crowdy Head
• Tim Howes, Newcastle
• Alan Moffitt, Ocean Beach and Avoca Beach
• Rebecca Chapman, North Steyne
• Kane Hughes, North Cronulla
• Manuel Schuldt, North Wollongong
• Will Vaughan-Smith, Bermagui

Volunteer of the Year:
• David Rope, Salt
• Michelle Garvan, Camden Haven
• Dominique Augey, Crowdy Head
• John Mayo, Cooks Hill
• Kai Darwin, Umina
• Benjamin Matthews, Newport
• Paul Hotton, North Bondi
• Kaye Norris, Windang
• Sussan Hunt, Batemans Bay

Club of the Year:
• Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore
• Tacking Point
• Toowoon Bay
• North Bondi
• Woonona
• Nowra-Culburra

Trainer of the Year:
• Robert Readman, Cabarita Beach
• Tony Hallinan, Tacking Point
• Brendan Pieschel, Crowdy Head
• Tony Blake, Cooks Hill
• Jodie Walker, North Avoca
• David Spink, Dee Why
• Kerrie Hammell, Cronulla
• Larry Jennett, Wollongong City
• Michael Lambert, Broulee Surfers

Assessor of the Year:
• Timothy Payne, Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore
• Paul Rayner, Tacking Point
• David Mansfield, Terrigal
• Lindsay Davis Freshwater
• Ben McCormack, North Bondi
• Peter Turner, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park

Surf Sports Official of the Year:
• Belinda Pye, Cabarita Beach
• Ray McDonagh, South West Rocks
• Kylie Moore, Crowdy Head
• Stephen Marley, Catherine Hill Bay
• Ken Sellers, The Entrance
• Nigel Penn, Bilgola
• Wayne Druery, Cronulla
• Peter Hammersley, Bulli
• Kel Pearce, Broulee Surfers

Surf Sports Coach of the Year:
• Scott McCartney, Cudgen Headland
• Scott Edwards, Kempsey-Crescent Head
• Scott Bryant, Caves Beach
• Richard Brierty, Avoca Beach
• Peter Spence, Palm Beach
• Daniel Robberds, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park
• Neil Innes, Batemans Bay

Surf Sports Athlete of the Year:
• Nadi Canning, Cudgen Headland
• Daniel Collins, Redhead
• Jemma Smith, Umina
• Georgia Miller, Newport
• Ali Najem, Wanda
• Blake Drysdale, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park
• Joseph Halsey, Narooma

Masters Athlete of the Year:
•  Nadi Canning, Cudgen Headland
• Larry Brook, Port Macquarie
• Laura Thurtell, Forster
• Marilyn Clarence, Swansea Belmont
• Paul Lemmon, Terrgial
• Michael Gedz, Queenscliff
• Jim Walker, North Bondi
• Davina Strauss, Coledale

Young Athlete of the Year:
• Jy Timperley, Byron Bay
• Ethan Coates, Cooks Hill
• Jemma Smith, Umina
• Callum Lowe-Griffiths, Queenscliff
• Lizzie Welborn, North Bondi
• Jazmine Yew, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park

Team of the Year:
• Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Education Team
• Surf Life Saving Mid North Coast Member Services Team
• Umina SLSC Under 17 Female Surf & Pool Team
• Palm Beach Puma's
• Surf Life Saving Sydney Duty Officer Team
• Bulli Open Mens Boat Crew
• Kiama Downs IRB Female Teams
• Narooma Open Mens Boat Crew

Initiative of the Year:
• Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Nippers Inclusion Day
• Macksville-Scotts Head Waves Program
• Surf Life Saving Central Coast Mariners "Red and Yellow Day"
• Avalon Beach SLSC Youth Program
• Surf Life Saving Sydney Members App
• Bulli Sea Cliff Ocean Paddle Challenge
• Tathra and Jindabyne Yabbies - Jindabyne Junior Carnival

Facilitator of the Year:
• Maryanne Sewell, Byron Bay
• Ramzy Fawzy, Wamberal
• Clare Hagon, North Curl Curl
• Gary Daly, Burning Palms
• Stuart Massey, Towradgi

Administrator of the Year:
• Max Tutt, Byron Bay
• Brienna Elford, South West Rocks
• Trudy Smith, Cooks Hill
• Garry Lofberg, Killcare
• Charles Longley, South Narrabeen
• Alison Vuletic, Maroubra SLSC
• Wendy Law, Broulee Surfers

Branch of the Year:
• Central Coast
• Sydney Northern Beaches
• Sydney

Young Lifesaver of the Year:
• Sam Atkins, Brunswick
• Lachlan Hawkins, Wauchope Bonny Hills
• Samantha Hallett, Caves Beach
• Matthew Calbert, Ocean Beach
• Kyra Jenkins, North Steyne
• Tom Barker, Clovelly
• Kieran McKay, North Wollongong

Community Education Program:
• Cabarita Beach, Community Education Program
• Macksville-Scotts Head, Waves Program
• Surf Life Saving Central Coast, Community Surf Education Program
• North Bondi, Understanding ‘ICE’ Addiction
• Woonona, Balranald Central School Education Visit

Rescue of the Year:
• July/ August - South Maroubra SLSC
• September - ALS Ballina
• October - Fingal Rovers SLSC
• November - Wamberal SLSC
• December - Bulli SLSC
• January - Avoca SLSC
• February - North Steyne SLSC & Manly SLSC
• March - Coffs Harbour SLSC
• April - North Bondi SLSC
• May/June – TBA on Friday 22 July 2016

Lifeguard of the Year:
• Angus MacPhail, Tweed Shire Council
• Elizabeth Hannah Smith, Clarence Valley Council

Katandra Sanctuary


Katandra is a sanctuary for flora and fauna where the wildflowers are their most colourful during spring but all year round there are opportunities for bird watching. The sanctuary covers 12 hectares and is situated on the Ingleside/Warriewood escarpment. Choose to follow a short walk of about 1km or the longer 2km track through rainforest remnants with creeks and fern-fringed pools. Visit: www.katandra.org

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 16/7/2016 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Have Your Say On Wyong Coal Mine

Wallarah 2 Coal Project
Establishment of an underground coal mine and associated infrastructure (see Preliminary Environmental Assessment). 
The proposal will also require Commonwealth assessment under the EPBC Act.

Exhibition Start 22/07/2016
Exhibition End 05/09/2016

City Wyong
State NSW
Post Code 2259
Country Australia
Local Governments Lake Macquarie City Council and Wyong Shire Council

Amended application Document: HERE

The key features of the Project include:  
• A deep underground longwall mine extracting up to 5 Million tonnes per annum of export quality thermal coal;  
• The Tooheys Road Site (located north-east of the intersection of the M1 Motorway and the Motorway Link Road) which includes a portal, coal handling facilities and stockpiles, water and gas management facilities, small office buildings, workshop, coal transportation infrastructure and connections to municipal water and sewerage systems;  
• The Buttonderry Site (near the intersection of Hue Hue Road and Sparks Road) which includes administration offices, bathhouse, personnel access to the mine, ventilation shafts and water management structures;  
• The Western Ventilation Shaft Site (located in the Wyong State Forest) includes a downcast ventilation shaft and water management structures;  
• An inclined tunnel (or ‘drift’) from the surface at the Tooheys Road Site to the coal seam beneath the Buttonderry Site;  
• Transportation of product coal to the Port of Newcastle by rail; and  
An operational workforce of 300 full time employees.

The Project constitutes State Significant Development. As such, the Project has been subject to the assessment process under Division 4.1 of Part 4 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979.

Central coast fisherman faces potential prison time for illegal Rock Lobster fishing


Seized Eastern Rock Lobsters
19 July 2016: NSW DPI
Commercial fishers in the central coast region are being reminded to adhere to the fishing regulations for Eastern Rock Lobsters and estuary fish species after a Umina fisherman was apprehended for possession of illegally taken lobsters and Mulloway.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSWDPI) Fisheries Acting Compliance Director, Tony Andrews, said the Central Coast team was joined by Statewide Operations and Investigations Group Officers last month in an operation to crack down on compliance within the Estuary General Fishery.

“The 36 year old commercial fisherman was found in possession of 44 live Eastern Rock Lobsters and 12 prohibited size Mulloway,” Mr Andrews said.

“He also admitted to officers to oversetting his meshing nets, which is a separate offence as Estuary General Fishers are prohibited from retaining Eastern Rock Lobster caught in meshing nets.”

 “This fisherman has breached five regulations of the Act, including possessing illegally taken fish and unlawful use of a net or trap,” Mr Andrews said.

The fisherman was apprehended and the Eastern Rock Lobsters were returned to the water by officers.

Under the Fisheries Management Act 1994, the fisherman faces maximum penalties of between six months and ten years imprisonment and up to $44,000 in fines.

“Stealing fish and black marketing, as well as damage to fish habitats are serious problems that can impact on the sustainability of our fish stocks across NSW.

“We encourage anyone who sees illegal fishing activity to report it to their nearest Fisheries office, phone our hotline or make an online report,” said Mr Andrews.

Report illegal fishing activity
• Fishers Watch Phoneline: 1800 043 536
National Tree Day in Pittwater

– July 31, 2016
Whitney Reserve, Mona Vale & Careel Bay Reserve, Avalon

Participate in National Tree Day event from 9am-1pm and help enhance Pittwater’s natural environment. National Tree Day is Australia’s largest nature event. It is organised by Planet Ark and calls on community members to plant trees at selected sites to improve the local green canopy. 

Trees cool and beautify neighbourhoods, bring nature to communities and have environmental benefits for years to come. More info available from treeday.planetark.org 

Where: • Whitney Reserve, access from Whitney Road or Suzanne Street, Mona Vale and • Careel Bay Reserve North (near dog exercise area). Meet at the corner of Etival St and Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon. 

Please wear suitable clothes such as long sleeves, trousers, sturdy shoes, a hat and bring water to drink. Council will provide refreshments and free native plants for you to take home and plant in your own garden.

RSVP: Helena Dewis on 9970 1367 or Bushcare@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Boat Trailer Parking Changes

(Pittwater Area only)
From 15 July 2016

Council may commence action to impound boat trailers parked on public roads and lands within the declared area that have not moved for 28 days.
These changes are part of a three month trial that former Pittwater Council agreed to take part in as a result of the NSW Government changing the Impounding Act 1993 to include the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015.

The NSW Government has made recent changes to the Impounding Act 1993 to include the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015. 


From above webpage:
On 1 July 2016, the Impounding Act 1993 was amended by the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 to allow councils and impounding authorities to ‘opt in’ to take impounding action against boat trailers parked for more than 28 days.

This change is to enable councils to improve the management of boat trailer parking on residential streets and encourage the use of off-street storage.

In any area where the provisions are applied, boat trailers must move at least every 28 days at least as far as a different block section of the same street.

Council must provide notice of at least 15 days before impounding a trailer.

The new measures will not apply to boat trailers where a residential parking permit has been issued by council and is displayed on the boat trailer.

This complements changes to give councils discretion to issue resident parking permits for boat trailers under Roads and Maritime Services Guidelines, and the power to issue penalty notices for unregistered vehicles.

The Office of Local Government will work with pilot councils to ensure that a consistent and even handed approach to enforcement is taken through the pilot period.

While not limiting the discretion of impounding officers when enforcing the legislation, the following principles should guide enforcement action taken during the pilot period:

• Enforcement action should be prioritised in the case of boat trailers that:
• pose a specific amenity, safety or visual pollution issue; or
• are a source of legitimate complaint from residents (either before or after the commencement of the pilot).
• When undertaking enforcement action involving the potential impounding of a boat that is attached to a boat trailer, pilot councils will take into consideration:
• That the owner of the vessel may differ to the owner of the boat trailer, and make appropriate efforts to identify the owner of both the trailer and the vessel before impounding action is taken; and
• the need for the appropriate handling and care of the boat by impounding officers or their contracted impounding agents.
• Pilot councils will appropriately communicate their powers to boat owners and residents throughout the pilot period (e.g. through the distribution of communications material produced by the Office of Local Government, and through other measures such as temporary signage in high boat trailer usage areas).
• As the pilot process commences in the non-boating season, pilot councils will take into consideration the potential impact this may have on the ability of boat trailer/boat owners to be informed of impending enforcement action and take appropriate measures to address this (e.g. by making exhaustive efforts to contact the owner of the trailer and/or boat in question, and by placing notice of intention to impound stickers on a vessel as early as possible in the enforcement process).
• By 1 October 2016, all pilot councils will have in place a publicly available draft boat trailer impounding policy outlining their powers, declared areas and enforcement priorities.

The Office of Local Government will review the pilot process in conjunction with pilot councils, and in consultation with industry groups, and issue guidelines for councils and impounding authorities to inform the future implementation of the powers.
Pittwater Indian Myna Action Group

July 20, 2016
We have been a little quiet at the Indian Myna coalface but rest assured we are still beavering away in the background. Over the next few weeks we will be posting some new exciting initiatives about the Program - so watch this space! Some of our trappers have been getting some great results and we are hoping to bring some hints and tips in the near future. We will also be posting details of trapping numbers. 

Please Note - We still have traps available for anyone in the "old" Pittwater Council area. We are still a few likes short of our 100 "likes" target so please tell your friends and neighbours about us and spread the word on what we are doing to help our native birds on the Northern Beaches...;)

Congratulations to Tash and Annie Objective Future Champions
 
Congratulations Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot for adding the 2016 German Women's National Title to your current Australian and New Zealand Women's Title wins

A phenomenal achievement!


Annie and I have just finished the German nationals, it was great practice for our next regatta.. Worlds!! We ended up finishing first girl team and have learnt so many lessons. Both of us are now excited to get back on the water very soon! Really happy to be in Europe, racing over here and seeing friends is such a great experience.. We now have a week of preparation before worlds and can't wait to start the racing soon! Thanks for all the support..
Tash and Annie
Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners Seeking Permanent Premises

The great and fun group of Artisans and beginners known as the Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners are seeking a suitable block of land they may place a shed on to establish permanent premises for their workshop and Meetings.

If you are or know of someone or something that may be suitable, please contact their President, Jack Butler:

Visitors and New Members Welcome
See a woodturning demonstration by one of our members or a visitor from other clubs
Visitors and new members are welcome
Cost is $5 for morning tea and lunch
Contact us for more information 

President: Jack Butler Phone: 02 9999 4290  

Narrabeen Spring Celebration:Our Catchment Comes Alive


Something really big is coming our way!  
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment’s inaugural Spring Celebration will feature two weeks of activities showcasing the many community, cultural and sporting groups based in this beautiful part of Sydney. Over 40 events will take place, including bushwalks, kayaking events, a live family show, an art display, fitness training, a replica  aircraft display, Tai Chi demonstrations, a plant identification walk, a display of  rare Aboriginal artefacts, the “Shark Bus” and more. The Narrabeen Spring  Celebration will start on Saturday September 24 with a walk from Manly to Palm Beach along the Bicentennial Trail, organised by NSW National Parks Association, and finish with a Dragon Boat Racing Give-it-a-Go Day on Sunday October 9. 

The dates coincide with the school holidays. The Celebration is being supported by the Northern Beaches Council and a large number of the community and sporting groups based in this beautiful part of  Sydney.

“We want to demonstrate that Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment has more to offer than just the lagoon and a beach” said Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment President Judith Bennett. 

“The Catchment is bounded by Mona Vale Road, Forest Way and Warringah Rd and half is natural bushland. It contains over 430 registered Aboriginal sites which are indicative of important landscapes and areas of ceremonial significance. But only a third of the bushland is protected in Garigal National Park. There is an urgent need to protect this bushland from urban development and we hope our Narrabeen Spring Celebration will draw attention to that”. 

There is still an opportunity for community and sporting groups to be part of the Narrabeen Spring Celebration. Email the Celebration Co-ordinator Tony Carr at tonycarr@ozemail.com.au or phone 0417 502 056.
 
Friends now has over 1,400 members and supporters and conducts quarterly public forums, catchment walks and eco-paddles and lobbies for protection of the remaining bushland.

For more information contact:

Judith Bennett
President
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Inc
(02) 9905-2135

Photo:  Give-it-a-go: Dragon Boat racing on Narrabeen Lagoon, as part of the Narrabeen Spring Celebration - Sunday October

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Holly

AGE/SEX: 2 years / F
BREED: Staffy X Boxer
Holly is an active happy friendly girl. She is social with other dogs and came from the pound underweight and in season. Holly is keen to go on a walk. She pulls a bit on lead but ignores passing cars. Holly LOVES a jog if you are an active person but she also likes her down times with lots of smooches and cuddles. Holly is suitable with older children (8+ yrs) just due to her strength. She has a smooth coat and weighs 16kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. Her adoption cost is $450.

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Simplified Housing Code

A Reminder that submissions to the NSW Government is proposing changes to the Housing Code for exempt and complying developmentsclose on August 12th, 2016.

From the NSW Planning & Environment Drafts Plans and Policies page (where you may also upload your input):

'The NSW Government is seeking feedback on a new simplified Housing Code which sets out clear and simple planning rules for works that can be carried out under complying development. 

The new Code has been written and structured so it is clear and easy to understand. It will now include diagrams to explain key controls and building standards that need to be met when building or renovating a house. 

The Code forms part of the State Policy for exempt and complying development. It sets out the planning rules for new homes, extensions and other home renovations carried out as complying development. 

The NSW Government is committed to simplifying the planning system. 
The benefits of the simplified Housing Code include: 
• clear, easy to understand planning rules for homeowners, industry and councils 
• making building and renovating easier 
• saving time and money for homeowners 
• providing more certainty when certifiers and councils assess a proposal 
• faster and more efficient housing delivery. 

We welcome your feedback on the draft Housing Code. Submissions can be made: 
- online using the submission form below (page HERE)
- by email to: codes@planning.nsw.gov.au 
- by mail to: Director, Codes and Approval Pathways, GPO Box 39, Sydney, NSW 2001'.

Relevant documents are available at:planspolicies.planning.nsw.gov.au/job_id=7688

Planning Alerts website – sign up

About PlanningAlerts

You'd probably know if your next door neighbour was going to knock their house down (hopefully you'd get a letter through the door telling you they had applied for planning permission and asking you what you thought about it). But you'd probably never find out if the old cinema or pub 5 streets away is going to be converted into luxury flats until the bulldozers and tree loppers turned up.

PlanningAlerts is a free service which searches as many planning authority websites as it can find and emails you details of applications near you. The aim of this to enable shared scrutiny of what is being built (and knocked down) in peoples' communities.

PlanningAlerts is brought to you by the charity the OpenAustralia Foundation. It was adapted for Australia by Matthew Landauer and Katherine Szuminska, and is based on the UK site PlanningAlerts.com, built by Richard Pope, Mikel Maron, Sam Smith, Duncan Parkes, Tom Hughes and Andy Armstrong.

Visit: https://www.planningalerts.org.au/alerts/signup

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Trivia Night Saturday 30 July 2016

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Inc will host the annual fundraising Zonta Trivia Night on 30 July this year.  The evening is in the Pittwater Memorial Hall, Pittwater Road, Mona Vale to start at 7pm.

With the Olympics starting the following Friday we will have an Olympic theme.  Guests may choose to dress with an Olympic or Brazilian touch or just come as you are!  Questions will be broad and general in nature with some Olympic topics – but not all sport!

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches is part of the worldwide service organisation Zonta International. Our local club supports women in need on the Northern Beaches by giving education grants to women, assisting high school students to stay at school, supporting the local Womens’ Refuge and Manly Womens’ Shelter amongst other projects.

This is a fun evening and all proceeds will support our Club’s study grant program.  BYO glass, drinks and nibbles, tea, coffee and biscuits available.  Gather your friends and enjoy this relaxing evening while supporting your local community.

Bookings may be made directly by completing the form HERE or by calling Maree on 0412 902 020 or by email to zontanb@gmail.com   Book a table of 10 or we will seat you with others.

 Avalon Boomerang Bags 2016 Workshops

Boomerang Bag Working Bees run in Avalon Community Centre on Tuesdays 11:30am- 5pm.

For those of you unable to come to workshops there are many other ways to get involved, just let us know you're willing by leaving a comment or sending us a message.

Pictured is a Boomerang Bag Box now provided around Avalon Shopping area full of our Boomerang Bags to "Borrow and Bring Back" 

Donations of materials and more hands always welcome

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Become a Lifeguard

The Australian Lifeguard Service NSW is currently seeking self-motivated, well presented Lifeguards with exceptional surf lifesaving and lifeguarding knowledge to work in the Greater Sydney area (Pittwater, Royal National Park, Lake Parramatta).

The ideal candidate will have a professional manner, strong fitness levels and a proven ability in determining priorities, making sound judgements and the ability to respond appropriately under pressure.

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) NSW is a subsidiary of Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW), providing professional lifeguard services to Local Government Associations (LGA) and other regulatory bodies. The Australian Lifeguard Service is the largest provider of professional lifeguards in Australia.

Location: Pittwater, Royal National Park, Lake Parramatta

Position: Casual

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th August 2016

Application form and details 

Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care: Upcoming Events

Classy Boot Sale

Calling for ‘Royal Doulton’ and ‘Lalique’ that may be languishing, unloved, in the nether regions of your cupboards. Books, once read and now consigned to oblivion, will find new bibliophiles to cherish them. Jewellery, tarnishing and forgotten, will adorn fresh fashionistas. They will be welcomed for the FONB posh boot sale, Narrabeen High school, Sunday 28th of August. Call Norma 9918 4929.

Big BBQ: Sunday 18th of September, 2016

Northern Beaches Prostrate Cancer Support Group will hold its biannual BIG BBQ with classic car displays, musical performances, jumping castle for children, market stalls, cake sale, raffle, and sausage sizzle. Gold coin entry on the day

From - Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care Newsletter: June 2016 – Winter Edition.

Artists and sculptors sought for Wildflower Garden Festival

From Ku-ring-gai Council
Up to $5000 in cash prizes are on offer to artists and sculptors who can create sustainable artworks for a sculpture walk at the Wildflower Garden Festival in August.

This year’s Festival will be held on Sunday 28 August from 9am to 4pm at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives.
After the success of the inaugural sculpture walk in Ku-ring-gai Council’s Wildflower Art and Garden Festival last year, the environmentally- themed walk will be on again.

A total pool of $5000 in prize money will be offered to works that adhere to the theme of ‘Environmental Sustainability’. Artists and sculptors are asked to demonstrate the use of recycled materials in their artworks, which should be sympathetic to the Garden’s bushland environment.
Additionally artists will be encouraged to paint ‘en plein air’ during the Festival and the event will host a variety of art and craft stalls in the expanded Artisan’s Market.

Other features of this year’s Festival include talks by horticultural experts, native plant sales, wildflower displays, guided walks, exhibits by local businesses, food and drink stalls, a trackless train, pond dip netting, music and dance, children’s craft workshops , story-telling and an Australian wildlife display.

Artists as well as potential performers and stallholders can find out more about applying on Ku-ring-gai Council’s website atkmc.nsw.gov.au/wildflowergarden 
For enquiries about the sculpture walk and Festival call 9424 0354.

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment August Forum

Blackout Narrabeen - building resilience: 7pm Monday August 22, 2016

At: Coastal Environment Centre, Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen. Michael Furey will outline what the future threats are to our power supplies and the ways in which we can build resilience by acting now. 

There will be an explanation of the actions being taken already in the Sydney area. After supper we will hold a brief Annual General Meeting.

Entry free but a donation is requested to cover expenses

Email: Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment to get a ticket and book a place.

July 17 - 23, 2016: Issue 272

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 272: Newport SLSC IRB Mid-Winter training ++++++!

Community Seeks To Acknowledge Historic Groundbreaking Contributions - November 18, 1956 and November 2nd, 1969 - what do these dates mean to you? - feedback sought

2016 Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State Surfing Titles (15th - 19th): Reports and photos of local surfers from Surfing NSW Update:Samson Coulter, Alysse Cooper and Bodhi Leigh-Jones WIN!

Palm Beach Mermaids - Car 2108 - Set To Sparkle At 2016 Variety Fundraising Dinner: Monday August 1st, 2016

Residents Appalled At Extent Of Tree Lopping Of Pittwater Park's Norfolk Pines + New Pathways for 40km Zone Completed this week

Aquatics: Matthew Hastie Named Pittwater’s Top Lifeguard - ALS NSW applications currently open - from SLS NSW

Reflections by George Repin: WAIMEA CANYON AND THE KALALAU VALLEY

Pictures: Clareville Beach Reserve on Pittwater: Mid-Winter Sun Trap

DIY Ideas:  DIY Garden Shed: Part 2b- Gable Roof Framing 

ProfileAv Green Team - This Youth-run, volunteer-based environment initiative has been attracting high praise from the founders of Living Ocean as much as other local environment groups recently. Turning up for Beach Cleans, or starting their own, underlines an ‘action speaks louder than words’ ethos is at the core of this group. 

History: Pittwater Heroes and Heroines I  - who did quietly, for all, without fanfare, inspiring others through their actions and words: Muriel Knox Doherty, of 'Sunninghill', Palmgrove Rd., Avalon, was the Matron in Charge at post-WWII Belsen Camp and fought for the rights of all student nurses and later, for geriatrics 

Artist of the Month:  July 2016 Meg Webster First Profile of the Week for July 2016 is Meg Webster, a member of the Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners IncA talented and expert Calligrapher, who has also pursued Folk Art for many years, this combination of skills and talent has enhanced and added dimensions to her woodturned works.

Search Pittwater Online News: 

Pittwater Rio 2016 Sailors Set To Fly

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin flew to Rio this week to begin their final preparations as part of the Australian Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Team.

The the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio 2016, will commence on August 5th and run until August 21st. Racing starts for the Nacra17 champions on the 10th of August. 


Jason and Lisa at Sydney Airport this week - from and you can follow Waterhouse Darmanin Sailing - Facebook

The Australian Paralympian Sailing Team was announced on Friday July 15, with Dan Fiztgibbon and Liesl Tesch named among the six sailors who will represent Australia on the water.

Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) Chief Executive Lynne Anderson made the official Australian Parallympic Sailing Team announcement for Rio, at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.

With sailing not included on the Paralympic schedule for Tokyo 2020, Rio will be a monumental Games for all six athletes.

Representing Australia will be Tasmanian 2.4mR sailor Matthew Bugg, the Sonar Team of Russell Boaden, Colin Harrison and Jonathan Harris currently ranked world number one, and the SKUB 18 crew and defending Paralympic champions, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch.

Speaking at the announcement, Anderson expressed that despite the disappointment of sailing’s exclusion beyond Rio, the 2016 Australian Paralympic Sailing Team will do their sport and their nation proud.

“The Australian Paralympic Sailing Team is world class across all three boat classes, and I have no doubt they will pushing hard to build on the success they have achieved in recent years,” Lynne Anderson said.

“The Australian Sonar Team is currently ranked number one in the world, Liesl and Dan in the SKUD 18 boat are the reigning Paralympic and world champions, and Matt is reaching his peak, having won silver at the International 2.4mR World Championships this year. We’re all excited to see how they progress in Rio.

“While we’re still devastated that there’s a chance it will be the last time these sailors will compete for Australia at a Paralympic Games, we know this team will use this as an opportunity to sail a great regatta and confirm their reputation as world leaders.”

Having captained the Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team to two silver medals and one bronze from five Paralympics from 1992 to 2008, London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist Liesl Tesch is relishing the opportunity to compete at her seventh Paralympic Games.

“Every single time you put on the green and gold at a Paralympic Games, it is like the first time. Getting the uniform out of the bag is part the symbolic journey on the way, and I can tell you, I will experience the same amount of joy now for my seventh Games as I did for my first,” Tesch said.

“I’m looking forward to defending gold at the Games, but I’m always aiming to sail a good regatta and be smart and do it well. Every race, and every training session is about doing the best we can.

“Rio is a really tricky course and we’ll be doing the best we can out there.”
Despite having been robbed in the Games’ host city last month, Tesch is also thrilled to be returning to Rio to compete.

“Rio is such a beautiful venue, to be able to compete there in a location like that is incredible.

“This is our last Paralympic Games, but for me competing is a way of life. It is about physical and mental wellbeing and feeling energised and alive, and I can’t wait to do that in what for now, is the final opportunity at a Paralympic Games.”

For Tesch’s sailing partner, London 2012 Paralympic champion Daniel Fitzgibbon, putting on the green and gold at Rio will be an opportunity to display his skills and a moment of reflection.

“I feel like an old hat at this now heading into my third Games. I’m surprised to have been around so long but I’m excited for the challenges that Rio will present for us,” he said.

“I’m very proud to be a Paralympian. The Paralympics is such a great movement and such a thing for people to aspire to and it really encourages young people with a disability. It can show them how much they can achieve.

“Rio will be truly special. I’ll be taking time while I’m there to reflect on my career and savour every moment of these Games.”


Dan and Liesl with Paralympic teammates on Friday - keep up with his great team at Fitzgibbon/Tesch Rio 2016 Facebook page

The Paralympics opening ceremony is September 7th and the Sailing events commence on the 12th.

Another other local who has flown out this week, Rio bound, is Lisa Ratcliff who will be working as the Olympic News Service writer for sailing.

It's starting to get exciting!
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Extracts of Dan/Liesl report retrieved from APC Media: July 15, 2016

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series Planning

July 15, 2016
The organisers of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series have started planning for the popular ocean swims for the 2016/2017 season with a meeting at Avalon Surf Club. 


The 2016/2017 Series will include ocean swims at Bilgola 11 Dec. Newport 8 Jan., Avalon 15 Jan, Mona Vale 22 Jan. & the Big Swim 29 Jan. (Palm Beach to Whale Beach). 

According to series spokesperson John Guthrie, the swims have increased in popularity as they are well organised and the Pittwater region offers a great café and shopping experience.

"The swims are important fund raisers for the organising surf clubs enabling the purchase and maintenance of vital life saving equipment which helps to keep the thousands of visitors to Pittwater safe.

"The series also boosts the local economy as most swimmers are accompanied by family and friends. After each swim you see them wandering through the shops and enjoying the unique cafe scene that we have to offer," said John.

"Each club has expanded the swims they offer with a longer course for the experienced swimmers and now a shorter course catering for those who would like to try ocean swimming or prefer the shorter distance. 

"It's an exhilarating sport giving a great sense of achievement when you complete your chosen course. There are lots of prizes to be won including a trip to Byron Bay thanks to Travel View Avalon for those who compete in three of the five swims.

"We have Bilgola starting off the series on 11 December then it's a swim every weekend in January starting with Newport on 8 January," he added.

For more details on the swims go to oceanswims.com or the clubs' websites.

L-R Rob Berry, John Guthrie, Warren Young, Simon & Barry Towns

Richard Hudson Wins Darwin To Dili Yacht Race

July 13, 2016: RPAYC
Congratulations to Richard Hudson who has won Line Honours and IRC Division 1 in the Darwin to Dili Yacht Race on board Antipodes, a 22 metre Smith Santa Cruz 72, owned and skippered by Geoff Hill. 

The event is organised from Timor-Leste through the Ministry of Tourism and a cross sector Committee. The 2016 event is the seventh Darwin Dili Yacht Rally of the modern era, having recommenced in 2010 after a 36 year hiatus following successful events in 1973 and 1974.
Soup For Soibada - Fundraising social evening to warm your soul

Friday, August 19 at 6:30 PM - 11 PM
Maria Regina Church Hall, Central Rd Avalon Beach

Enjoy the community spirit, warm soup and live music as we raise funds for education projects in Soibada! 
Entry is by donation at the door!
A variety of soups will be served with crusty bread!
Hear the latest news from our July trip to the village!

Boat Trailer Parking Changes

(Pittwater Area only)
From 15 July 2016

Council may commence action to impound boat trailers parked on public roads and lands within the declared area that have not moved for 28 days.
These changes are part of a three month trial that former Pittwater Council agreed to take part in as a result of the NSW Government changing the Impounding Act 1993 to include the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015.

The NSW Government has made recent changes to the Impounding Act 1993 to include the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015. 


From above webpage:
On 1 July 2016, the Impounding Act 1993 was amended by the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 to allow councils and impounding authorities to ‘opt in’ to take impounding action against boat trailers parked for more than 28 days.

This change is to enable councils to improve the management of boat trailer parking on residential streets and encourage the use of off-street storage.

In any area where the provisions are applied, boat trailers must move at least every 28 days at least as far as a different block section of the same street.

Council must provide notice of at least 15 days before impounding a trailer.

The new measures will not apply to boat trailers where a residential parking permit has been issued by council and is displayed on the boat trailer.

This complements changes to give councils discretion to issue resident parking permits for boat trailers under Roads and Maritime Services Guidelines, and the power to issue penalty notices for unregistered vehicles.

The Office of Local Government will work with pilot councils to ensure that a consistent and even handed approach to enforcement is taken through the pilot period.

While not limiting the discretion of impounding officers when enforcing the legislation, the following principles should guide enforcement action taken during the pilot period:

• Enforcement action should be prioritised in the case of boat trailers that:
• pose a specific amenity, safety or visual pollution issue; or
• are a source of legitimate complaint from residents (either before or after the commencement of the pilot).
• When undertaking enforcement action involving the potential impounding of a boat that is attached to a boat trailer, pilot councils will take into consideration:
• That the owner of the vessel may differ to the owner of the boat trailer, and make appropriate efforts to identify the owner of both the trailer and the vessel before impounding action is taken; and
• the need for the appropriate handling and care of the boat by impounding officers or their contracted impounding agents.
• Pilot councils will appropriately communicate their powers to boat owners and residents throughout the pilot period (e.g. through the distribution of communications material produced by the Office of Local Government, and through other measures such as temporary signage in high boat trailer usage areas).
• As the pilot process commences in the non-boating season, pilot councils will take into consideration the potential impact this may have on the ability of boat trailer/boat owners to be informed of impending enforcement action and take appropriate measures to address this (e.g. by making exhaustive efforts to contact the owner of the trailer and/or boat in question, and by placing notice of intention to impound stickers on a vessel as early as possible in the enforcement process).
• By 1 October 2016, all pilot councils will have in place a publicly available draft boat trailer impounding policy outlining their powers, declared areas and enforcement priorities.

The Office of Local Government will review the pilot process in conjunction with pilot councils, and in consultation with industry groups, and issue guidelines for councils and impounding authorities to inform the future implementation of the powers.

Zonta Birthing Kit Packing Day 2016

Each year the Zonta Club of Northern Beaches arranges a Birthing Kit Packing Day when community members assist to pack simple birthing kits. These kits are distributed in developing countries by the Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia in association with partners in those countries. A health training program is integrated with the distribution of kits.

Each kit costs $3 in materials packed and training program delivery.
If you can help to assemble kits on the day please call Margaret - see contact details below.

Avalon Craft Cottage Raises Funds

What a wonderful result to our fund-raising at Avalon.
We have a cheque for $330 to send off to the Women's Refuge at Dee Why to help the people there to make life a little easier for the women and children who come to them for help.

Thank you to everyone who threw coins (& notes) in the basket, a huge Thank You to the anonymous person who actually threw a $50 note in the basket, and a big Thank You also to Chris Hill who donated a dozen packets of her local prints, these sold out very quickly and that money went straight into the fund-raising.

All in all, our three days at Avalon were a huge success. The members had worked very hard to put up a great display of stock, and the customers responded by buying up big.

So, thank you everybody. We have a bit of a break now, then do it all again at St Ives . But I'll give you all the details for that later.
In the meantime.... check our Facebook book for the latest photos.

Maureen Darcy-Smith
Avalon Craft Cottage

Accidental Counsellor Training 

Have you ever found yourself supporting someone with a mental health issue or in a crisis situation, by accident?

LLNB's next Accidental Counsellor training session will be held onTuesday 19 July: 1.30pm-5.30pm. 

The training course is suitable for carers, people who know someone with mental health issues, anyone working in service industries, or any individuals who would simply like a better understanding of how to respond effectively to potential mental health issues around them in the community.

The Accidental Counsellor program draws on the expertise of Lifeline’s proven crisis handling skills and presents them in a half-day workshop. The program equips people to Recognise when others are struggling, to Respond appropriately with confidence, and to Refer them to the best place for help.

Graduates of Lifeline Northern Beaches’ Accidental Counsellor program frequently reflect on how effective they find the teaching, especially the scenarios, in helping them to initiate the often-awkward conversations they have previously avoided.

For more information or to register for a session, contact via email attraining@lifelinenb.org.au - Cost: $150 Visit: www.lifelinenb.org.au

Mona Vale Place Plan

The Imagine Mona Vale - Draft Mona Vale Place Plan, - June 2016 (PDF: 15.5MB) 
 
From Page 35 – 5.11 Heights
Mixed used apartment buildings will be the dominant built form in the Town Centre core, focusing on housing diversity and affordability for a range of households. Maximum height within the core area will be 6 Storeys (1) with an exception of some 4 Storeys (2) to allow infiltration of sunlight to the public domain. The interface area will allow up to 3 Storeys (3) to provide a transition of scale to the adjacent 2 Storey (4) residential and education zone.
An upper level setback is required for any buildings above 3 Storeys to fit into the existing context and to maintain pedestrian scale on the street level.

The numbers inserted into this description refer to areas adjacent to or surrounding the commercial area of Mona Vale.

Pages 36-37 show Concept drawings and describe the setout of buildings and street landscaping etc.

The Total or Cap on proposed new buildings height is not specified in these descriptions. 

The Timeline on page 41 of this Draft states 2016-2017:  

‘Initial Investigation for IN2 Affordable Housing for the Next Generation including employment strartegy and land use compatibility
Signage and Lighting Strategy
TNSW B-Line related work
Village Park Enhancement Initial Work (Park Street side landscaping work)
Bungan Street Activtaion.’

Visit the Website to download the above document and find out more:http://places.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/your-say
Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners Seeking Permanent Premises

The great and fun group of Artisans and beginners known as the Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners are seeking a suitable block of land they may place a shed on to establish permanent premises for their workshop and Meetings.

If you are or know of someone or something that may be suitable, please contact their President, Jack Butler:

Visitors and New Members Welcome
See a woodturning demonstration by one of our members or a visitor from other clubs
Visitors and new members are welcome
Cost is $5 for morning tea and lunch
Contact us for more information 

President: Jack Butler Phone: 02 9999 4290  
Mermaids of Palm Beach 2016 Dinner for Variety, The Children's Charity

Those marathon drivers of Car 2108 will be holding their annual Dinner and Entertainment, with fabulous raffles, at Club Palm Beach (Palm Beach RSL) on Monday August 1st - don't be late!

The Endless Strummers will be.... strumming.
The scrumptious food will be .... forthcoming.
The company fit for kings, queens...and Mermaids!

Beryl, Elyse and Viktorija have some brand new Mermaids costumes
That classic Holden will be parked out front getting ready to go vroom vroom!

So folks, get in fast
These tickets won't last!
$40.00 for food and fun,
Email or call Beryl and the deal is done.
Ph: 0410 478 897 - beryldriver@bigpond.com

Notice: Update On Church Point Construction Works

Dear Scotland Island Residents,

As stage one of the Church Point Upgrade is about to start, we ask that you kindly share this update with your members.

Between July 2016 and April 2017, we will undertake reclamation works and build a new sea wall, main road and walkway.

Work to date
Over the past few months we have worked with our contractor, Ward Civil and Environmental Engineering, to prepare for the construction and finalise designs. Work is also underway to approve details of the construction design and to develop aesthetics features, which is being done collaboratively with community representatives through an Aesthetics Advisory Committee.   

Works are almost complete on the construction of a temporary wharf that will offset commuter boat tie-ups during stage one and stage two works.

What’s next?
We expect to begin setting up the construction site towards the end of July although this is subject to final authority approvals. Initially this will include the contractor offices, environmental controls and temporary services. Related pedestrian, boating and traffic arrangements will also be made at this stage.

Refer to the attached map or our website to view the location map, which highlights various aspects of the site.

We will make every endeavour to minimise inconvenience during construction and keep you up to date along the way. More details will be shared on our website and via community updates. You are also welcome to make contact with me any time.

Thank you for your patience while we prepare for construction. 

Regards,

Grant Tighe
Project Manager, Church Point Upgrade
NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL

P: 9970 1339
M: 0466 513 567

Katandra Sanctuary


Katandra is a sanctuary for flora and fauna where the wildflowers are their most colourful during spring but all year round there are opportunities for bird watching. The sanctuary covers 12 hectares and is situated on the Ingleside/Warriewood escarpment. Choose to follow a short walk of about 1km or the longer 2km track through rainforest remnants with creeks and fern-fringed pools. Visit: www.katandra.org

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 16/7/2016 

click on Logo: 

To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au


+ Kindi Fundraising on the Night....
Selling delicious spicy pumpkin soup and sumptuous mulled wine.
Plus other goodies.
All $5 each so bring a bit of spare cash.

Cast (in alphabetical order):
Betsi Beem, Cheryl Byrne, Jessie Booth, Rachel  Carter, and Susan Muranty.
Luke Ratcliff, Matt Bowden, Matt Lakeman and Tim Byrne.

Performances:
Friday 15th of July, at 8 p.m. in the Community Hall.
Saturday 16th of July, at 5 p.m.    “    “        note:  time!!
Friday 22nd of July, at 8 p.m.    “    “
Saturday 23rd of July, at 8 p.m.    “    “

Tickets:
$20
Bookings:
via Annette Richie at 0410 007 501
Expect:  
a mad-cap, pants-dropping, cross-dressing mayhem of a crazy two hours on the Island. Some boisterous language, lots of laughs, rudeness about some Islanders, - some would say a typical Bob Bolton effort.

Inquiry Into Crown Land

A parliamentary inquiry has been called into Crown Land in New South Wales.

Submissions are invited until Sunday 24 July 2016.

Terms of Reference
1. That, notwithstanding the allocation of portfolios to the General Purpose Standing Committees, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6 inquire into and report on Crown land in New South Wales, and in particular:

(a) the extent of Crown land and the benefits of active use and management of that land to New South Wales,
(b) the adequacy of community input and consultation regarding the commercial use and disposal of Crown land,
(c) the most appropriate and effective measures for protecting Crown land so that it is preserved and enhanced for future generations, and
(d) the extent of Aboriginal Land Claims over Crown land and opportunities to increase Aboriginal involvement in the management of Crown land.

2. That the committee report by 13 October 2016.

Committee membership
The Hon Paul Green MLC Christian Democratic Party Chair
The Hon Lou Amato MLC Liberal Party Deputy Chair
The Hon Catherine Cusack MLC Liberal Party
The Hon Scott Farlow MLC Liberal Party
The Hon Peter Primrose MLC Australian Labor Party
Mr David Shoebridge MLC The Greens
The Hon Mick Veitch MLC Australian Labor Party
National Tree Day in Pittwater

– July 31, 2016
Whitney Reserve, Mona Vale & Careel Bay Reserve, Avalon

Participate in National Tree Day event from 9am-1pm and help enhance Pittwater’s natural environment. National Tree Day is Australia’s largest nature event. It is organised by Planet Ark and calls on community members to plant trees at selected sites to improve the local green canopy. 

Trees cool and beautify neighbourhoods, bring nature to communities and have environmental benefits for years to come. More info available from treeday.planetark.org 

Where: • Whitney Reserve, access from Whitney Road or Suzanne Street, Mona Vale and • Careel Bay Reserve North (near dog exercise area). Meet at the corner of Etival St and Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon. 

Please wear suitable clothes such as long sleeves, trousers, sturdy shoes, a hat and bring water to drink. Council will provide refreshments and free native plants for you to take home and plant in your own garden.

RSVP: Helena Dewis on 9970 1367 or Bushcare@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Introduction Of Marine Safety Regulation 2016 From 1 July 2016

NSW Roads and Maritime Services: 05 July 2016
From 1 July 2016, the Marine Safety Regulation 2016 replaces the Marine Safety (General) Regulation 2009. The Marine Safety Regulation 2016 has been designed to promote safety, reduce red tape and improve administrative efficiency.

The most significant changes include:
  • Reforms to boat driver licensing, including streamlining licence classes and application requirements, simplifying the fee structure and the introduction of a 10-year boat licence
  • New lifejacket standards and simplified requirements for wearing lifejackets(Lifejackets are compulsory for people on board canoes, kiteboards, kayaks, sailboards or watercraft under 4.8m long when travelling alone, at night or when in open or alpine waterways.)
  • Vessels no longer need to display a registration label or trade plate
  • Changes to streamline the administration of aquatic licences
  • Changes to some penalty levels and disqualification periods.
Changes to licensing
  • The licence application process has been streamlined. From 1 July 2016 licence applicants do not need to complete a theory-based boating safety course before getting a licence. Current requirements to complete practical boating training and a knowledge test continue to apply
  • A new 10-year licence has been introduced
  • Separate licence classes under 16 years of age have been removed. Current young adult licences will be recognised until they expire
  • A new licence exemption for those completing practical boating training with a registered training organisation for a personal watercraft (PWC) licence
  • All Interstate licence holders are required to comply with NSW licence conditions. This includes interstate licensees under 16, and means they will have the same restrictions as people under 16 licensed in NSW. All interstate licensees must also carry their interstate licence and produce their licence if required by an authorised officer.

Changes to registration
  • Boats no longer require a registration label
  • Vessels in the charge of a marine dealer no longer need to display a trade plate
  • Transfer of vessel registration ownership notification is now required within 14 days instead of 21 days.
Changes to streamline the administration of aquatic activities
There is scope to reduce the range of activities that require an aquatic licence
Licences can only be issued for aquatic activities that last no longer than 14 days on any one occasion. This will not affect aquatic licences that last for more than 14 non-consecutive days, such as sailing races that occur once weekly for a 12 month period. Please note: Roads and Maritime may grant exemptions to the 14 day restriction.
A waterway access fee may be charged for aquatic activities requiring exclusive use. This fee will be charged at an appropriate market rate.

Changes to enhance safety
  • New lifejacket standards have been adopted
  • Requirements for wearing lifejackets have been simplified
  • Safe distance requirements have been strengthened to require vessels to remain 60 metres from people in the water and dive flags, or if that is not practicable a safe distance and speed. Power-driven vessels travelling at six knots or more must maintain a distance of 30 metres from vessels, land or structures, or if that is not practicable a safe distance and speed
  • A speed restriction of 60 knots has been introduced for vessels towing a person under 18 years of age
  • Current requirements to keep all parts of each occupant's body within a vessel while the vessel is making way have been increased so that a person is not allowed to be on the bow of a vessel in a position that puts them at increased risk of falling overboard when a vessel is making way
  • Towing restrictions have been modified to permit wake surfing provided the vessel meets certain design standards
  • Current offences for exceeding safe load limits have been strengthened so that when a vessel is not fitted with a safety label, there is a simpler rule on how to calculate what the vessel's safe loading capacity is
  • Personal Watercraft (PWC) owners and operators must ensure the number of people on the PWC does not exceed the manufacturer’s specification
  • New powers allow authorised officers to immediately suspend a general boat or PWC driving licence, where the licence holder is: Charged with an offence involving the death of, or grievous bodily harm to, another person caused by the use of the vessel - Given a penalty notice, or is charged with an offence, of reckless, dangerous or negligent navigation - Given a penalty notice, or is charged with an offence, for operating a vessel with a middle or high range prescribed concentration of alcohol
  • Roads and Maritime will have new powers to erect the signage that prohibits the operation of wake boats
  • New powers allow Roads and Maritime to issue directions to operators of commercial vessels and people to manage safety on navigable waters.
Some fines have been increased
  • Fines for towing, safety equipment and lifejacket offences have increased from $100 to $250
  • Fines for operating an unregistered vessel or overloading a vessel have increased from $250 to $500
  • A new fine of $500 has been introduced for those who have a registered PWC and allow it to be operated by an unlicensed person.
PWC licence disqualification periods have been reduced
  • For a first offence of operating a PWC unlicensed or in an exclusion zone, disqualification periods have been reduced from two years to a maximum of one year
  • For a second offence from four years to a maximum of two years
  • For third and subsequent offences from a lifetime ban to a maximum of two years.
More information
For more information refer to the Boating Handbook or call 13 12 36.

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Dates 2016

August 6th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Baking, craft, Knitting

August 13th: Sausage Sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park

August 19th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer Baking, craft, Knitting

September 2nd: Father’s Day stall, outside ANZ, Avalon Parade,Avalon  Sewing, craft, knitting

September 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

September 16th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

September 18th: Sausage sizzleNarrabeen Bunnings car park                                                 

October 1st: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

October 1st: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park

October 11th: Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club

October 21st: Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

October 28th: Stall, Warriewood Square, Warriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

November 5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

November 13th: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park   

November 18th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park    

December 9th: Stall, Warriewood SquareWarriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

December 9th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

Applications Open For Community Building Partnership Program

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging community, environmental and sporting groups to apply for funds under the NSW Government’s 2016 Community Building Partnership Program.

The NSW Government has allocated $200,000 to the Pittwater electorate as part of this highly successful program which provides financial assistance to projects that will deliver wide-reaching community benefits. 

Local projects that have benefited from this program over recent years include Pittwater High School’s new security fencing, Cottage Point’s new rescue vessel wharf, upgrades to the Narrabeen Community Kindergarten playground and the refurbishment of Mona Vale Hospital’s Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit.

“This program has supported dozens of local projects over recent years,” Rob Stokes said today (JUne 17, 2016).

“Pittwater is really lucky to have a diversity of community groups and associations that all work hard to provide improved services and opportunities for local residents.

“Quite often fundraising efforts simply need a boost to help get projects fully funded and delivered and this is where this program aims to assist.
“Applications are now open and will be accepted until Friday 22 July 2016.

“Further details, and information on eligibility and how to apply, is available by visiting the program’s websitewww.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au

“I encourage all eligible groups to explore this program and submit their applications,” Rob Stokes said.
“LOOSELY WOVEN” gives FREE  CONCERT  in AVALON  "BURN"

4 pm Sunday 31st July- 
at Avalon Baptist Church 2 George St.
Fundraiser for Amnesty International Avalon Group

Reviewer Paul Cruise says about Loosely Woven Concerts "There's one sure thing about a Loosely Woven performance: fun will be had"  

On Sunday  31st July  local music group Loosely Woven - led by charismatic Wayne Richmond - will perform their new concert  'BURN"  at  4 pm at  AVALON BAPTIST CHURCH.  This will be a free, light-hearted, acoustic concert and features 24 musicians and singers. 

The program will include the usual wide variety of items including Si Kahn’s powerful song ‘What you do with what you’ve got’ and some classics such as:
Let it be (beautiful ‘Mary Black’ version)
Throw your arms around me (Hunters & Collectors)
My heart will go on (from ‘Titanic’)
Your feet’s too big (Fats Waller)
Ma bella Marguerite (from ‘Bless the Bride’)
Naughty (from ‘Matilda’)
a few Australian songs:
Portugal Beach (Tony Eardley)
The Old Time Country Show (Pat Drummond)
Shackleton (Paul Jarmon)
a few ‘rock’ favourites:
Fernando (ABBA)
The Loco-motion (Little Eva)
Chicken Fried (Zac Brown Band)   

and lots more! Instruments this time will include violins, flutes, harps, clarinets, saxophones, concertinas, accordion, glockenspiel, guitars, mandolin, keyboard and percussion.

Avalon Baptist Church co-sponsors this concert with Avalon Amnesty International Group.

You can enjoy a musical treat and also support human rights by coming. The concert is free and there is always a scrumptious free supper.
Voluntary donations will go to Amnesty International and help people around the world suffering human rights abuse.  

Avalon Amnesty International group is at present working on several campaigns. One is "Community is Everything" which is to find support for Indigenous young people at risk of suicide or imprisonment. We also send letters and try to help innocent  people who face huge injustice including  torture, discrimination, violence, imprisonment and death. 

Free Concert:   “BURN”  (Loosely Woven)
Free Afternoon tea
Date: 31st July @  4  p.m.                                                                                   
Place:    Avalon Baptist Church -   2 George St.
Voluntary Donations:  Avalon Amnesty International Group
Information: Kath Moody 99971815   Email:  kath_moody@hotmail.com  avalonbaptistchurch.net   www.amnesty.org.au

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment August Forum

Blackout Narrabeen - building resilience: 7pm Monday August 22, 2016

At: Coastal Environment Centre, Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen. Michael Furey will outline what the future threats are to our power supplies and the ways in which we can build resilience by acting now. 

There will be an explanation of the actions being taken already in the Sydney area. After supper we will hold a brief Annual General Meeting.

Entry free but a donation is requested to cover expenses

Email: Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment to get a ticket and book a place.

Get Online On August 9

August 9 is Census night. It's our moment to pause and play a role in shaping the future of Australia. The Census of Population and Housing (Census) is Australia’s largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). For more than 100 years, the Census has provided a snapshot of Australia, showing how our nation has changed over time, allowing us to plan for the future. 

The next Census is on August 9. It’s a moment for everyone to play a role in shaping the future of Australia. 

The aim of the Census is to accurately collect data on the key characteristics of people in Australia on Census night and the dwellings in which they live. In 2016, the Census will count close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people, the largest number counted to date.

The 2016 Census will be Australia’s first predominantly digital Census. From August 1, households will receive a letter with a unique Census Login. Every household must use it to complete the Census online, or follow the directions to order a paper form. In some locations, households will receive a paper form upfront, with the option to complete it online.

The information you provide in the Census helps estimate Australia’s population, which is used to distribute government funds and plan services for your community – housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals and the environment. Census data is also used by individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors to make informed decisions on policy and planning issues that impact the lives of all Australians. 

Australia has a long and proud history of Census taking. Since the first national Census in 1911, Census data has played an important role in charting Australia’s history and shaping its future. 

Get online on August 9 and make a difference for your community.
Visit:  www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/getonline - then click on the 'Complete Your Survey' link to page once you have your Census Letter/document.

National Prize To Recognise Australia’s Mental Health Champions

July 13, 2016: Dan Wheelahan and Maggie Langham: UNSW
A national search is underway to find six Australians who have made the most outstanding contributions to the promotion of mental health or the prevention and treatment of mental illness.

Former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce (second from left) launched the Australian Mental Health Prize, which has been established by UNSW Medicine's School of Psychiatry in partnership with a a group of eminent Australians including (L-R) Henry Brodaty, Ita Buttrose, Sophie Scott and Jessica Rowe. Photo: UNSW Media.

At the height of relentless bullying at school and aged just 10, Sydney-based nursing student Isabelle felt like she couldn’t go on.

“Asking for help was a huge struggle but I finally told my Mum, who was horrified and found me support. The one thing that really helped was the Kids Helpline,” says Isabelle.

“Asking for help was ultimately a huge triumph. The people who provide mental health support services are today’s heroes.”

The story of the now 18-year-old highlights the stigma that still surrounds mental illness, and also the often thankless work of Australia’s mental health professionals.

UNSW Scientia Professor Perminder Sachdev with 18 year old Isabelle, who started having mental health issues around aged 9 when she was subjected to bullying from peers and teachers. Photo: UNSW Media.

That is about to change, with a nationwide search on to find six Australians who have made the most significant contribution to mental health.

The inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize, established by UNSW Medicine’s School of Psychiatry in partnership with a group of eminent Australians, is the first of its kind to acknowledge individuals at a national level.

The Prize will recognise Australians who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of mental health or the prevention and treatment of mental illness.

“For far too long we have failed to recognise the hard work, innovation and dedication of professionals and researchers in mental health,” said former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce, who launched the prize at UNSW today.

“An award such as this is the least we can do to show our gratitude and respect for those working in this critical sector.”

One in five Australians will experience mental illness in any given year, with 65% of those failing to access treatment.
The Chair of the Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Group, Ita Buttrose, said recognition was long overdue for those who battle something that profoundly affects so many Australians and their families.

“We should be proud of the incredibly exciting and good things happening in the mental health area in Australia,” Ms Buttrose said.

“We hope the award will help reduce stigma, raise awareness of mental health and help improve care in Australia.”

Scientia Professor Philip Mitchell, Head of the School of Psychiatry at UNSW, said Australia has led the way internationally in many aspects of mental health, such as community awareness, public advocacy and innovative services.

“Many Australians are doing important and ground-breaking work. We must share what is working for the sake of those who are living with the burden of mental illness every day,” Professor Mitchell said.

“We call upon clinicians, health professionals and the public at large to nominate the people they feel should be recognised for their work.”

Nominations close 31 August 2016. The six finalists will be announced 9–15 October 2016, to coincide with Mental Health Week. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 28 November.

The six finalists and the winner will be selected by the Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Group. Chaired by Ita Buttrose AO OBE, the Prize Advisory Group comprises:
UNSW Scientia Professor Philip Mitchell AM
Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Judy Brewer AO
Professor Allan Fels AO
Adam Gilchrist AM
Jack Heath
Professor Patrick McGorry AO
Ben Quilty
Jessica Rowe AM
Sophie Scott
UNSW Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO
UNSW Professor Valsamma Eapen
UNSW Scientia Professor Perminder Sachdev AM.

For more information and a nomination form, visit: http://australianmentalhealthprize.com

Anyone seeking help can contact:
Lifeline 13 11 14  
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467  
Kid's Helpline  1800 55 1800 
Artists and sculptors sought for Wildflower Garden Festival

14 June 2016: From Ku-ring-gai Council
Up to $5000 in cash prizes are on offer to artists and sculptors who can create sustainable artworks for a sculpture walk at the Wildflower Garden Festival in August.

This year’s Festival will be held on Sunday 28 August from 9am to 4pm at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives.
After the success of the inaugural sculpture walk in Ku-ring-gai Council’s Wildflower Art and Garden Festival last year, the environmentally- themed walk will be on again.

A total pool of $5000 in prize money will be offered to works that adhere to the theme of ‘Environmental Sustainability’. Artists and sculptors are asked to demonstrate the use of recycled materials in their artworks, which should be sympathetic to the Garden’s bushland environment.
Additionally artists will be encouraged to paint ‘en plein air’ during the Festival and the event will host a variety of art and craft stalls in the expanded Artisan’s Market.

Other features of this year’s Festival include talks by horticultural experts, native plant sales, wildflower displays, guided walks, exhibits by local businesses, food and drink stalls, a trackless train, pond dip netting, music and dance, children’s craft workshops , story-telling and an Australian wildlife display.

Artists as well as potential performers and stallholders can find out more about applying on Ku-ring-gai Council’s website atkmc.nsw.gov.au/wildflowergarden 
For enquiries about the sculpture walk and Festival call 9424 0354.

Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care: Upcoming Events

Classy Boot Sale

Calling for ‘Royal Doulton’ and ‘Lalique’ that may be languishing, unloved, in the nether regions of your cupboards. Books, once read and now consigned to oblivion, will find new bibliophiles to cherish them. Jewellery, tarnishing and forgotten, will adorn fresh fashionistas. They will be welcomed for the FONB posh boot sale, Narrabeen High school, Sunday 28th of August. Call Norma 9918 4929.

Big BBQ: Sunday 18th of September, 2016

Northern Beaches Prostrate Cancer Support Group will hold its biannual BIG BBQ with classic car displays, musical performances, jumping castle for children, market stalls, cake sale, raffle, and sausage sizzle. Gold coin entry on the day

From - Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care Newsletter: June 2016 – Winter Edition.

Help Noah Wise Make a Difference

Avalon student Noah is reading like crazy to help others less fortunate than himself... Please help him to help others through a small donation to Dymocks Children's Charity... Click on the link... It's that easy!!!.... Thank you in advance!!!

MY STORY

I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm inspired by the work of Dymocks Childrens Charities and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Dymocks Children's Charities Book Bonus 2016. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Dymocks Childrens Charities, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

https://bookbonus2016.everydayhero.com/au/peta 

Sydney WildlifeCritters of the Month July 2016: ‘Wanda' The Wildlife Mobile Clinic (Concept photo only)

The History

Joan Reid (our Sydney Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility manager) came up with the idea for the Wildlife Mobile Clinic during a Brain-storming Session when a group of young consultants from Ernst and Young came out to volunteer their time at our Rehabilitation Facility.  We were all very excited about the idea and discussed how we could go about funding the van.  My (then) 11-year-old daughter, Kayleigh, had once written to Premier Mike Baird about saving our wildlife and he had responded favourably so she decided to contact him again.  She presented the idea to him and he suggested we get in touch with Ministers Rob Stokes and Brad Hazzard to discuss grant options.  Kayleigh, Joan and I presented to each of them and they both loved the idea and were extremely helpful. Minister Stokes set up a meeting with the NSW Minister for the Environment at Parliament House.  We caused a bit of a stir when we arrived at Parliament House with one of our kangaroo joeys in tow…!  Wildlife carers have to take their dependent baby animals wherever they go as they are often on 3-hourly feeds.  It didn’t occur to us that it was something the security department would be concerned about:)

Kayleigh presented to Premier Mike Baird, Minister Rob Stokes, Minister Brad Hazzard, Minister Mark Speakman at Parliament House.  The joey and wombat that went to Parliament House:) !

We will be applying for the grants suggested by our Ministers.  However, as we don’t know whether or not we will be successful with our application, we have decided to start fundraising in the interim.  We don’t want to wait too long because in the past year, we’ve lost:

185 wallabies (not including in-pouch joeys)

84 brush tail possums 

62 ringtail possums 

19 long nosed bandicoots

12 echidnas 

2 goannas 

6 snakes

And countless birds including powerful owls, brush turkeys, lorikeets and kookaburras

Our Campaign

When our pets get hurt or sick, we rush them to a veterinarian and are happy to pay whatever it takes to make our furry/feathery/scaly family member all better, right?

But what happens to our wildlife when they get sick?  They don't have owners to rush them to the vet or pay for their treatment.   Who takes care of them when they are in pain and in need of care?  

We are Sydney Wildlife  www.sydneywildlife.org.au  We are an organisation made up purely of volunteers (we receive no Government funding) - and we rescue these wild animals and care for them.  We receive in excess of 13,000 calls for help annually in just the Sydney Metropolitan area.  However, we are not veterinarians and sometimes the wildlife need treatment that can only be provided by a professional veterinary surgeon.   At the moment we are burdening our local vets with injured wildlife and they are having to bear the medical costs, while our volunteer rescuers bear all other costs.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a service that helped our wildlife, our volunteers and our veterinarians…?  

Well, we have a solution!  Sydney Wildlife’s goal is to establish a Wildlife Mobile Clinic which will provide treatment to injured or sick wildlife, whilst taking the pressure off our local veterinarians.  But we need your help to fund it!  With your help, we are aiming to raise $50,000 towards buying the van.  With a sponsored clinic, we would be able to provide all medical equipment and medical supplies to our volunteer veterinarians, thereby reducing costs to their own veterinary clinics.  We would also be providing free training to veterinary students who are always desperate to learn how to treat our wild critters.  

The Northern Beaches area is renowned for its natural beauty and for its glorious array of wildlife.  But our wildlife face more dangers than ever before - habitat loss being their biggest problem.   When they lose their habitat, they are forced to look for new homes, causing them to wander onto roads, become entangled in fences and bringing them into contact with domestic and feral animals that often attack them.  The clinic aims to provide quick treatment to these animals and the van can also be deployed to areas where natural disasters have struck.

If you’re one of those people who loves the sound of kookaburras laughing at dawn or if you're delighted by the sight of a gentle wallaby making her way across the grass with a joey in her pouch or even someone who just enjoys watching a friendly blue-tongue lizard gobbling snails in the garden, then please help them by donating to Sydney Wildlife - your donation will go towards acquiring a mobile van or will provide other essential care to wildlife in need.

If you would like to donate to our campaign, click on www.gofundme.com/22abqws  

If you would like to become a sponsor and have your name on our van please email info@sydneywildlife.org.au  or call Sydney Wildlife on 9413 4300

Our website is www.sydneywildlife.org.au

By Lynleigh Greig
Sydney Wildlife 

 Gone Fishing Gallery at Waterfront Store Church Point

Open again TODAY in the top room Waterfront Store. Open mainly weekends as an addition to the waterfront cafe. Keep up to date on theirFacebook page

 

Click on logo above to visit their website.

Bushcare in Pittwater 


For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367





BUSHCARE SCHEDULES 
Where we work                      Which day                              What time 

Avalon     
Angophora Reserve             3rd Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Dunes                        1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 
Avalon Golf Course              2nd Wednesday                3 - 5:30pm 
Careel Creek                         4th Saturday                       8:30 - 11:30am 
Toongari Reserve                 3rd Saturday                       9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer) 
Bangalley Headland            2nd Sunday                         9 to 12noon 

Bayview     
Winnererremy Bay                 4th Sunday                        9 to 12noon 

Bilgola     
North Bilgola Beach              3rd Monday                        9 - 12noon 
Algona Reserve                      1st Saturday                      9 - 12noon 
Plateau Park                            1st Friday                          8:30 - 11:30am 

Church Point     
Browns Bay Reserve             1st Tuesday                      9 - 12noon 
McCarrs Creek Reserve       Contact Bushcare Officer     To be confirmed 

Clareville     
Old Wharf Reserve                 3rd Saturday                     8 - 11am 

Elanora     
Kundibah Reserve                   4th Sunday                      8:30 - 11:30am 

Mona Vale     
Mona Vale Beach Basin          1st Saturday                   8 - 11am 
Mona Vale Dunes                     2nd Saturday+3rd Thursday     8:30 - 11:30am 

Newport     
Bungan Beach                          4th Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
Crescent Reserve                    3rd Sunday                      9 - 12noon 
North Newport Beach              4th Saturday                    8:30 - 11:30am 
Porter Reserve                          2nd Saturday                  8 - 11am 

North Narrabeen     
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm 

Palm Beach     
North Palm Beach Dunes      3rd Saturday                    9 - 12noon 

Scotland Island     
Catherine Park                          2nd Sunday                     10 - 12:30pm 
Elizabeth Park                           1st Saturday                      9 - 12 noon 
Pathilda Reserve                      3rd Saturday                      9 - 12 noon 

Warriewood     
Warriewood Wetlands             1st Sunday                         8:30 - 11:30am 

Whale Beach     
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon 

Western Foreshores     
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm 
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

Narrabeen Spring Celebration:Our Catchment Comes Alive


Something really big is coming our way!  
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment’s inaugural Spring Celebration will feature two weeks of activities showcasing the many community, cultural and sporting groups based in this beautiful part of Sydney. Over 40 events will take place, including bushwalks, kayaking events, a live family show, an art display, fitness training, a replica  aircraft display, Tai Chi demonstrations, a plant identification walk, a display of  rare Aboriginal artefacts, the “Shark Bus” and more. The Narrabeen Spring  Celebration will start on Saturday September 24 with a walk from Manly to Palm Beach along the Bicentennial Trail, organised by NSW National Parks Association, and finish with a Dragon Boat Racing Give-it-a-Go Day on Sunday October 9. 

The dates coincide with the school holidays. The Celebration is being supported by the Northern Beaches Council and a large number of the community and sporting groups based in this beautiful part of  Sydney.

“We want to demonstrate that Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment has more to offer than just the lagoon and a beach” said Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment President Judith Bennett. 

“The Catchment is bounded by Mona Vale Road, Forest Way and Warringah Rd and half is natural bushland. It contains over 430 registered Aboriginal sites which are indicative of important landscapes and areas of ceremonial significance. But only a third of the bushland is protected in Garigal National Park. There is an urgent need to protect this bushland from urban development and we hope our Narrabeen Spring Celebration will draw attention to that”. 

There is still an opportunity for community and sporting groups to be part of the Narrabeen Spring Celebration. Email the Celebration Co-ordinator Tony Carr at tonycarr@ozemail.com.au or phone 0417 502 056.
 
Friends now has over 1,400 members and supporters and conducts quarterly public forums, catchment walks and eco-paddles and lobbies for protection of the remaining bushland.

For more information contact:

Judith Bennett
President
Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Inc
(02) 9905-2135

Photo:  Give-it-a-go: Dragon Boat racing on Narrabeen Lagoon, as part of the Narrabeen Spring Celebration - Sunday October

DoggieRescue.com

Pet of the Week

Flint

AGE/SEX: 8 months / M
BREED: Staffy x Kelpie
Flint is a happy lively boy who is always eager to play and be friendly to dogs and people. He walks well on loose lead after the first few minutes of excitement. Flint is good with kids but probably too exuberant for small children. Flint has a bit of filling out to do. He has a short coat and currently weighs about 15kg. He comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. Also included for the love and health of our dogs is a free Health and Wellness Voucher with our DR Vet. His adoption cost is $400.

For further details or to meet all dogs at call DoggieRescue on 9486 3133 or email monika@DoggieRescue.com. Visit www.DoggieRescue.com to see all our dogs. www.facebook.com/doggierescue 

Simplified Housing Code

A Reminder that submissions to the NSW Government is proposing changes to the Housing Code for exempt and complying developmentsclose on August 12th, 2016.

From the NSW Planning & Environment Drafts Plans and Policies page (where you may also upload your input):

'The NSW Government is seeking feedback on a new simplified Housing Code which sets out clear and simple planning rules for works that can be carried out under complying development. 

The new Code has been written and structured so it is clear and easy to understand. It will now include diagrams to explain key controls and building standards that need to be met when building or renovating a house. 

The Code forms part of the State Policy for exempt and complying development. It sets out the planning rules for new homes, extensions and other home renovations carried out as complying development. 

The NSW Government is committed to simplifying the planning system. 
The benefits of the simplified Housing Code include: 
• clear, easy to understand planning rules for homeowners, industry and councils 
• making building and renovating easier 
• saving time and money for homeowners 
• providing more certainty when certifiers and councils assess a proposal 
• faster and more efficient housing delivery. 

We welcome your feedback on the draft Housing Code. Submissions can be made: 
- online using the submission form below (page HERE)
- by email to: codes@planning.nsw.gov.au 
- by mail to: Director, Codes and Approval Pathways, GPO Box 39, Sydney, NSW 2001'.

Relevant documents are available at:planspolicies.planning.nsw.gov.au/job_id=7688

Review Into Retail Banking Remuneration Begins

Sydney 12 July, 2016: ABA Media Release
The Australian Bankers’ Association has today released details of an independent review of commissions and payments made to bank staff and third parties. 

“Banks recognise that how they pay staff is an important factor in determining community trust and confidence in banks,” ABA Chief Executive Steven Münchenberg said.

“We want to ensure that across the banking industry when people are rewarded for selling products and services they are putting customers’ interests first,” he said. 

Former Australian Public Service Commissioner, Mr Stephen Sedgwick AO, has been appointed to conduct an independent review of product sales commissions and product based payments that could lead to poor customer outcomes.

The review will include remuneration for selling and providing advice on products such as transaction accounts, general insurance products, consumer credit insurance, mortgages, personal loans, credit cards and small business loans. This covers customer facing employees, contractors, and third parties as well as non-customer facing roles, such as the managers and supervisors of those staff.

Payments made by banks to non-bank sales channels or intermediaries will also be considered as part of the review. The review will focus on retail and small business banking, not wholesale or institutional banking.

“This review builds on the Future of Financial Advice reforms which have brought about significant changes to remuneration structures across the financial services industry,” Mr Münchenberg said.

Mr Sedgwick will be supported by a competition and legal expert – Gina Cass-Gottlieb from Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers – and a remuneration expert – David Heazlett from Mercer, as well as a stakeholder advisory panel which includes: Gerard Brody – Chief Executive of Consumer Action Law Centre, Geoff Derrick – National Assistant Secretary at the Finance Sector Union, Sarah Saunders – Chief Advocate at National Seniors and Dr Deen Sanders – Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority.

Mr Sedgwick will consult with banks, consumer and small business organisations, the Finance Sector Union and employees of banks, regulators and other stakeholders.

Mr Sedgwick will also be asked to provide observations and insights from the review to assist banks ensure they have overarching principles on remuneration and incentives to support good customer outcomes and sound banking practices, the scope of which is broader than retail banking.

The public is invited to make submissions on any of the matters in the Terms of Reference. Submissions can be sent to submissions@retailbankingremunerationreview.com.au and are requested by 9 September 2016.

The Terms of Reference of the review and a biography of Mr Sedgwick are available at betterbanking.net.au.

This review is part of a package of initiatives announced by the industry in April this year to lift standards and be more accountable. More information is available at betterbanking.net.au.
The Our Sydney/Your Home campaign is now underway

The NSW Government and the Greater Sydney Commission want to hear directly from the local community to help shape the future of Sydney.

A “Talk Bus” will travel to community events, local shops and sporting fixtures to give people the opportunity to have their say on what makes their neighborhoods special.

For more information on how to get involved, visit www.greater.sydney
There’s a Photo Comp.! Happy Snapperrs - closes  5pm on Sunday 31 July 2016 

July 10 - 16, 2016: Issue 271

Articles This Week 

Front Page Issue 271:

NSW IRB Championships 2016: Local Crews make Finals, Win Medals + NSW Announce Young IRB Interstate Team by SLS NSW

NSW Grommet Titles At Maroubra Beach July 22-24, 2016 - by Surfing NSW

Archibald, Wynne And Sulman Prizes 2016 Finalists Announced: Young Archie Finalists And Honourable Mentions - One for our inspired and inspiring up and coming young Artists featuring Young Archie works!

Famous Detective Stories: True Tales Of Australian Crime - great new book by National Library of Australia

Aquatics: RMYC MULTIHULL DIVISION ANNUAL PRESENTATION EVENING by Alan Brand, RMYC Multihulls Race Secretary

Animalia Of Australia: Protecting Wildlife From Pets by Kayleigh Greig, Age 13

Pictures: Careel Bay Marina Winter Festival 2016

ProfileJohn W. Stone the proprietor of John Stone Photo & Record Centre, has been taking pictures of Pittwater and surrounds for decades, he is the inaugural Life Member of the Avalon Beach Historical Society, a lifelong photographer, and a gentleman who is still passionate about restoring and enlarging people's family images

History: Pittwater Heroes and Heroines I  - who did quietly, for all, without fanfare, inspiring others through their actions and words: Muriel Knox Doherty, of 'Sunninghill', Palmgrove Rd., Avalon, was the Matron in Charge at post-WWII Belsen Camp and fought for the rights of all student nurses and later, for geriatrics 

Artist of the Month: July 2016 Meg Webster First Profile of the Week for July 2016 is Meg Webster is a member of the Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners IncA talented and expert Calligrapher, who has also pursued Folk Art for many years, this combination of skills and talent has enhanced and added dimensions to her woodturned works.

Search Pittwater Online News: 

Boat Trailer Parking Changes

(Pittwater Area only)
From 15 July 2016

Council may commence action to impound boat trailers parked on public roads and lands within the declared area that have not moved for 28 days.
These changes are part of a three month trial that former Pittwater Council agreed to take part in as a result of the NSW Government changing the Impounding Act 1993 to include the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015.

The NSW Government has made recent changes to the Impounding Act 1993 to include the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015. 


From above webpage:
On 1 July 2016, the Impounding Act 1993 was amended by the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 to allow councils and impounding authorities to ‘opt in’ to take impounding action against boat trailers parked for more than 28 days.

This change is to enable councils to improve the management of boat trailer parking on residential streets and encourage the use of off-street storage.

In any area where the provisions are applied, boat trailers must move at least every 28 days at least as far as a different block section of the same street.

Council must provide notice of at least 15 days before impounding a trailer.

The new measures will not apply to boat trailers where a residential parking permit has been issued by council and is displayed on the boat trailer.

This complements changes to give councils discretion to issue resident parking permits for boat trailers under Roads and Maritime Services Guidelines, and the power to issue penalty notices for unregistered vehicles.

The Office of Local Government will work with pilot councils to ensure that a consistent and even handed approach to enforcement is taken through the pilot period.

While not limiting the discretion of impounding officers when enforcing the legislation, the following principles should guide enforcement action taken during the pilot period:

• Enforcement action should be prioritised in the case of boat trailers that:
• pose a specific amenity, safety or visual pollution issue; or
• are a source of legitimate complaint from residents (either before or after the commencement of the pilot).
• When undertaking enforcement action involving the potential impounding of a boat that is attached to a boat trailer, pilot councils will take into consideration:
• That the owner of the vessel may differ to the owner of the boat trailer, and make appropriate efforts to identify the owner of both the trailer and the vessel before impounding action is taken; and
• the need for the appropriate handling and care of the boat by impounding officers or their contracted impounding agents.
• Pilot councils will appropriately communicate their powers to boat owners and residents throughout the pilot period (e.g. through the distribution of communications material produced by the Office of Local Government, and through other measures such as temporary signage in high boat trailer usage areas).
• As the pilot process commences in the non-boating season, pilot councils will take into consideration the potential impact this may have on the ability of boat trailer/boat owners to be informed of impending enforcement action and take appropriate measures to address this (e.g. by making exhaustive efforts to contact the owner of the trailer and/or boat in question, and by placing notice of intention to impound stickers on a vessel as early as possible in the enforcement process).
• By 1 October 2016, all pilot councils will have in place a publicly available draft boat trailer impounding policy outlining their powers, declared areas and enforcement priorities.

The Office of Local Government will review the pilot process in conjunction with pilot councils, and in consultation with industry groups, and issue guidelines for councils and impounding authorities to inform the future implementation of the powers.

Newport Beach Clean

July 6, 2016: Living Ocean
Organised by Living Ocean, Sarah Tait and Sally Gole with the Av Green Team spreading the word and gathering the troops.

Here is a list of some of the Rubbish that was picked up on the Beach, June 19th, 2016:

Straws/ Lolly Pop Sticks: 702
Cigarette Butts: 235
Plastic Drink Bottles: 76
Plastic Bags: 30
Plastic Cutlery: 10

Video by Robbi Luscombe-Newman
Living Ocean: www.livingocean.org.au

Zonta Birthing Kit Packing Day 2016

Each year the Zonta Club of Northern Beaches arranges a Birthing Kit Packing Day when community members assist to pack simple birthing kits. These kits are distributed in developing countries by the Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia in association with partners in those countries. A health training program is integrated with the distribution of kits.

Each kit costs $3 in materials packed and training program delivery.
If you can help to assemble kits on the day please call Margaret - see contact details below.

Council Administrator Outlines Draft Coastal Erosion Policy for Collaroy Post June 2016 Storm

In the document titled 'ITEM 5.1 ADMINISTRATOR'S MINUTE NO 6/2016 - DRAFT COASTAL EROSION POLICY 
1 Draft Coastal Erosion Policy – 20160701'  from the THursday July 7th, 2016 Council Meeting, Mr. Persson thanks all those who did so much for so many during this storm and prefaces a draft Coastal Erosion Policy with:

The major East Coast Low storm event between 4th and 6th June caused widespread damage across NSW, including significant coastal erosion along Collaroy-Narrabeen beach as well as impacting Palm, Fairy Bower and Dee Why Beaches, creating a major challenge for the newly formed Northern Beaches Council.
....
Council has a certified Coastal Zone Management Plan for Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach and Fishermans Beach and this provides direction for management of this area. A priority action in the Plan was to develop guidelines to help property owners work through the difficult process of protecting their properties. This draft Coastal Erosion Policy for the Northern Beaches provides that guidance. At this stage the policy will only apply to Collaroy-Narrabeen and Fishermans Beach as this is the only beach with a certified Plan. As other beaches in the area are certified, this policy will be augmented to give effect to their recommendations.
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I am advised that the initial estimates for 1.1km of works from The Marquesas to 1096 Pittwater Road has been estimated at approximately $22 million. While Council will work with the State Government to meet the cost of directly protecting public assets in this area (approximately $5.5 million), I will also ask the State Government to join Council in providing up to 10% each towards the cost of private protection as a contribution subject to a positive cost benefit analysis for these public assets. Early estimates suggest this contribution could be approximately. This contribution has been estimated at approximately $3.3 million ($1.65 million from State and $1.65 million from Council) and is in recognition of the public asset protection that is provided by these private properties.
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A recent report by the Sydney Coastal Council’s Group identified that to combat the impact of sea level rise in the Collaroy-Narrabeen embayment significant volumes of sand will be required as these impacts are felt. For example, it is predicted that some 1.3 million cubic metres of sand (approximately 4 times the amount removed during the June storms) will be required for the first 10 year nourishment effort, and around 420,000 cubic metres for each following 10 year campaign.
In 2009 dollars this will cost around $30 million for the first 10 year nourishment, and around $12 million for each following 10 year campaign. 
These costs are based on the assumption that sand nourishment will be undertaken across large areas of the NSW coast and the costs shared accordingly. 
....
Works on this scale are simply unaffordable for Northern Beaches Council on its own, and the responsibility for delivery of offshore sands must be shared with benefitting Councils and also with State and Federal Government. The State Government is obviously best placed to co-ordinate and manage such an undertaking, and I will write to the Premier to request that the State provides a long-term sand replenishment strategy for NSW that addresses the many issues I have raised, and amends the Offshore Minerals Act (1999) to enable effective medium and long term beach amenity to be preserved. 
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RECOMMENDATION 
That Council: 
A. Place the draft Coastal Erosion Policy for Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach on public exhibition for a period of not less than 28 days, undertake community consultation, and report to Council on the outcomes; 
B. Advocate to State and Federal Governments for a long-term sand replenishment strategy to combat the impact of sea level rise and climate change on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and NSW generally, and to amend the Offshore Minerals Act (1999) to enable effective medium and long term beach amenity to be preserved.

Dick Persson 
ADMINISTRATOR

Following this is a draft of the Northern Beaches Coastal Erosion Policy
The July 7th Document from that Council Meeting is available at:www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/pdf/20160707-administrators-booklet.pdf  (PDF: 1.32 MB)

In the same Administrators Minute:

ITEM 5.2 ADMINISTRATOR'S MINUTE NO 7/2016 - NORTHERN BEACHES MERGER SAVINGS FUND
“…Council can now report annual savings of $3 million made in the first two months since the former councils were merged.” 

Mona Vale Place Plan

The Imagine Mona Vale - Draft Mona Vale Place Plan, - June 2016 (PDF: 15.5MB) 
 
From Page 35 – 5.11 Heights
Mixed used apartment buildings will be the dominant built form in the Town Centre core, focusing on housing diversity and affordability for a range of households. Maximum height within the core area will be 6 Storeys (1) with an exception of some 4 Storeys (2) to allow infiltration of sunlight to the public domain. The interface area will allow up to 3 Storeys (3) to provide a transition of scale to the adjacent 2 Storey (4) residential and education zone.
An upper level setback is required for any buildings above 3 Storeys to fit into the existing context and to maintain pedestrian scale on the street level.

The numbers inserted into this description refer to areas adjacent to or surrounding the commercial area of Mona Vale.

Pages 36-37 show Concept drawings and describe the setout of buildings and street landscaping etc.

The Total or Cap on proposed new buildings height is not specified in these descriptions. 

The Timeline on page 41 of this Draft states 2016-2017:  

‘Initial Investigation for IN2 Affordable Housing for the Next Generation including employment strartegy and land use compatibility
Signage and Lighting Strategy
TNSW B-Line related work
Village Park Enhancement Initial Work (Park Street side landscaping work)
Bungan Street Activtaion.’

Visit the Website to download the above document and find out more:http://places.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/your-say
Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners Seeking Permanent Premises

The great and fun group of Artisans and beginners known as the Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners are seeking a suitable block of land they may place a shed on to establish permanent premises for their workshop and Meetings.

If you are or know of someone or something that may be suitable, please contact their President, Jack Butler:

Visitors and New Members Welcome
See a woodturning demonstration by one of our members or a visitor from other clubs
Visitors and new members are welcome
Cost is $5 for morning tea and lunch
Contact us for more information 

President: Jack Butler Phone: 02 9999 4290  

Notice: Update On Church Point Construction Works

Dear Scotland Island Residents,

As stage one of the Church Point Upgrade is about to start, we ask that you kindly share this update with your members.

Between July 2016 and April 2017, we will undertake reclamation works and build a new sea wall, main road and walkway.

Work to date
Over the past few months we have worked with our contractor, Ward Civil and Environmental Engineering, to prepare for the construction and finalise designs. Work is also underway to approve details of the construction design and to develop aesthetics features, which is being done collaboratively with community representatives through an Aesthetics Advisory Committee.   

Works are almost complete on the construction of a temporary wharf that will offset commuter boat tie-ups during stage one and stage two works.

What’s next?
We expect to begin setting up the construction site towards the end of July although this is subject to final authority approvals. Initially this will include the contractor offices, environmental controls and temporary services. Related pedestrian, boating and traffic arrangements will also be made at this stage.

Refer to the attached map or our website to view the location map, which highlights various aspects of the site.

We will make every endeavour to minimise inconvenience during construction and keep you up to date along the way. More details will be shared on our website and via community updates. You are also welcome to make contact with me any time.

Thank you for your patience while we prepare for construction. 

Regards,

Grant Tighe
Project Manager, Church Point Upgrade
NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL

P: 9970 1339
M: 0466 513 567

Council Mergers Affected Federal Poll

July 7th, 2016: Media Release by Save Our Council Coalition (SOCC)
The depth of anger over NSW forced council amalgamations has been reflected in the Federal poll with the state registering well above national average swings against the Liberal/National Turnbull Coalition, says the President of SOCC, Carolyn Corrigan.

“With the second highest anti Coalition swing of 3.7 percent in Victoria, Liberals and National parties suffered a NSW average swing of 5.1 percent against its members and candidates ,” Corrigan said.

“NSW Premier Baird did not listen to the community that state forced mergers would reflect badly on the Federal Coalition and many candidates kept saying forced mergers are just a state issue.

“Some like Nationals Leader and Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce heeded the message and declared his opposition to a Walcha forced amalgamation with Tamworth and convinced Mr Baird not to go ahead. It appears that, state wide, Federal Coalition candidates ignored the pleas of anti amalgamation groups and now the result has been a severe voter backlash.

“Premier Baird didn’t listen to Federal colleagues in seats affected who had noticed the anger and raised forced amalgamations with him but with absolutely no result. Now the Federal Coalition has been a casualty of Mr Baird’s policy some speculating that it caused the loss of three NSW seats.

“You only have to look at the figures in areas where anti merger groups have been active and it is no mistake that the areas where council amalgamations activity was most vigorous the swings were biggest and costly. This is so in areas like Eden Monaro where the first preference vote for Labor was up 20.9 percent,” Corrigan added.

“The candidate in that seat, Labor’s Mike Kelly was very active on the anti amalgamation front and he has been very successful in winning what has always been this state’s bellweather seat.

“The backlash has nothing to do with affected self interested councillors and everything to do with Premier Baird who is out of touch, arrogant and self interested who will stop at nothing to push through his policy. Now it’s his Federal Coalition colleagues who have suffered the consequences.

“SOCC understand that PM Turnbull could also not persuade Premier Baird to back off and leave pushing ahead with this unpopular, undemocratic process until after the Federal election. Baird’s indecent haste and rush to push through his anti democratic FCA agenda has backfired badly on the Federal party.

SEAT MINUS SWINGS WHERE MERGERS WERE MOST OPPOSED. Mackellar -11 percent, North Sydney -9 percent, Warringah-9 , Calare -8 ,and individual areas Molong 17.08, Oberon-23.17. Gundagai 23.6, percent Tumbarumba over 15 percent.

SEATS NOT FCA AFFECTED. Gilmore, Parkes, Hume, Hughes all 3 percent and Richmond 2 percent

Katandra Sanctuary


Katandra is a sanctuary for flora and fauna where the wildflowers are their most colourful during spring but all year round there are opportunities for bird watching. The sanctuary covers 12 hectares and is situated on the Ingleside/Warriewood escarpment. Choose to follow a short walk of about 1km or the longer 2km track through rainforest remnants with creeks and fern-fringed pools. Visit: www.katandra.org
Mermaids of Palm Beach 2016 Dinner for Variety, The Children's Charity

Those marathon drivers of Car 2108 will be holding their annual Dinner and Entertainment, with fabulous raffles, at Club Palm Beach (Palm Beach RSL) on Monday August 1st - don't be late!

The Endless Strummers will be.... strumming.
The scrumptious food will be .... forthcoming.
The company fit for kings, queens...and Mermaids!

Beryl, Elyse and Viktorija have some brand new Mermaids costumes
That classic Holden will be parked out front getting ready to go vroom vroom!

So folks, get in fast
These tickets won't last!
$40.00 for food and fun,
Email or call Beryl and the deal is done.
Ph: 0410 478 897 - beryldriver@bigpond.com

Introduction Of Marine Safety Regulation 2016 From 1 July 2016

NSW Roads and Maritime Services: 05 July 2016
From 1 July 2016, the Marine Safety Regulation 2016 replaces the Marine Safety (General) Regulation 2009. The Marine Safety Regulation 2016 has been designed to promote safety, reduce red tape and improve administrative efficiency.

The most significant changes include:
  • Reforms to boat driver licensing, including streamlining licence classes and application requirements, simplifying the fee structure and the introduction of a 10-year boat licence
  • New lifejacket standards and simplified requirements for wearing lifejackets(Lifejackets are compulsory for people on board canoes, kiteboards, kayaks, sailboards or watercraft under 4.8m long when travelling alone, at night or when in open or alpine waterways.)
  • Vessels no longer need to display a registration label or trade plate
  • Changes to streamline the administration of aquatic licences
  • Changes to some penalty levels and disqualification periods.
Changes to licensing
  • The licence application process has been streamlined. From 1 July 2016 licence applicants do not need to complete a theory-based boating safety course before getting a licence. Current requirements to complete practical boating training and a knowledge test continue to apply
  • A new 10-year licence has been introduced
  • Separate licence classes under 16 years of age have been removed. Current young adult licences will be recognised until they expire
  • A new licence exemption for those completing practical boating training with a registered training organisation for a personal watercraft (PWC) licence
  • All Interstate licence holders are required to comply with NSW licence conditions. This includes interstate licensees under 16, and means they will have the same restrictions as people under 16 licensed in NSW. All interstate licensees must also carry their interstate licence and produce their licence if required by an authorised officer.

Changes to registration
  • Boats no longer require a registration label
  • Vessels in the charge of a marine dealer no longer need to display a trade plate
  • Transfer of vessel registration ownership notification is now required within 14 days instead of 21 days.
Changes to streamline the administration of aquatic activities
There is scope to reduce the range of activities that require an aquatic licence
Licences can only be issued for aquatic activities that last no longer than 14 days on any one occasion. This will not affect aquatic licences that last for more than 14 non-consecutive days, such as sailing races that occur once weekly for a 12 month period. Please note: Roads and Maritime may grant exemptions to the 14 day restriction.
A waterway access fee may be charged for aquatic activities requiring exclusive use. This fee will be charged at an appropriate market rate.

Changes to enhance safety
  • New lifejacket standards have been adopted
  • Requirements for wearing lifejackets have been simplified
  • Safe distance requirements have been strengthened to require vessels to remain 60 metres from people in the water and dive flags, or if that is not practicable a safe distance and speed. Power-driven vessels travelling at six knots or more must maintain a distance of 30 metres from vessels, land or structures, or if that is not practicable a safe distance and speed
  • A speed restriction of 60 knots has been introduced for vessels towing a person under 18 years of age
  • Current requirements to keep all parts of each occupant's body within a vessel while the vessel is making way have been increased so that a person is not allowed to be on the bow of a vessel in a position that puts them at increased risk of falling overboard when a vessel is making way
  • Towing restrictions have been modified to permit wake surfing provided the vessel meets certain design standards
  • Current offences for exceeding safe load limits have been strengthened so that when a vessel is not fitted with a safety label, there is a simpler rule on how to calculate what the vessel's safe loading capacity is
  • Personal Watercraft (PWC) owners and operators must ensure the number of people on the PWC does not exceed the manufacturer’s specification
  • New powers allow authorised officers to immediately suspend a general boat or PWC driving licence, where the licence holder is: Charged with an offence involving the death of, or grievous bodily harm to, another person caused by the use of the vessel - Given a penalty notice, or is charged with an offence, of reckless, dangerous or negligent navigation - Given a penalty notice, or is charged with an offence, for operating a vessel with a middle or high range prescribed concentration of alcohol
  • Roads and Maritime will have new powers to erect the signage that prohibits the operation of wake boats
  • New powers allow Roads and Maritime to issue directions to operators of commercial vessels and people to manage safety on navigable waters.
Some fines have been increased
  • Fines for towing, safety equipment and lifejacket offences have increased from $100 to $250
  • Fines for operating an unregistered vessel or overloading a vessel have increased from $250 to $500
  • A new fine of $500 has been introduced for those who have a registered PWC and allow it to be operated by an unlicensed person.
PWC licence disqualification periods have been reduced
  • For a first offence of operating a PWC unlicensed or in an exclusion zone, disqualification periods have been reduced from two years to a maximum of one year
  • For a second offence from four years to a maximum of two years
  • For third and subsequent offences from a lifetime ban to a maximum of two years.
More information
For more information refer to the Boating Handbook or call 13 12 36.
National Tree Day in Pittwater

– July 31, 2016
Whitney Reserve, Mona Vale & Careel Bay Reserve, Avalon

Participate in National Tree Day event from 9am-1pm and help enhance Pittwater’s natural environment. National Tree Day is Australia’s largest nature event. It is organised by Planet Ark and calls on community members to plant trees at selected sites to improve the local green canopy. 

Trees cool and beautify neighbourhoods, bring nature to communities and have environmental benefits for years to come. More info available from treeday.planetark.org 

Where: • Whitney Reserve, access from Whitney Road or Suzanne Street, Mona Vale and • Careel Bay Reserve North (near dog exercise area). Meet at the corner of Etival St and Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon. 

Please wear suitable clothes such as long sleeves, trousers, sturdy shoes, a hat and bring water to drink. Council will provide refreshments and free native plants for you to take home and plant in your own garden.

RSVP: Helena Dewis on 9970 1367 or Bushcare@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Accidental Counsellor Training 

Have you ever found yourself supporting someone with a mental health issue or in a crisis situation, by accident?

LLNB's next Accidental Counsellor training session will be held onTuesday 19 July: 1.30pm-5.30pm. 

The training course is suitable for carers, people who know someone with mental health issues, anyone working in service industries, or any individuals who would simply like a better understanding of how to respond effectively to potential mental health issues around them in the community.

The Accidental Counsellor program draws on the expertise of Lifeline’s proven crisis handling skills and presents them in a half-day workshop. The program equips people to Recognise when others are struggling, to Respond appropriately with confidence, and to Refer them to the best place for help.

Graduates of Lifeline Northern Beaches’ Accidental Counsellor program frequently reflect on how effective they find the teaching, especially the scenarios, in helping them to initiate the often-awkward conversations they have previously avoided.

For more information or to register for a session, contact via email attraining@lifelinenb.org.au - Cost: $150 Visit: www.lifelinenb.org.au

 Pittwater Offshore Newsletter Update 10/7/2016 

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To contact Julian:  editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Dates 2016

July 15th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

August 6th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Baking, craft, Knitting

August 13th: Sausage Sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park

August 19th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer Baking, craft, Knitting


September 2nd: Father’s Day stall, outside ANZ, Avalon Parade,Avalon  Sewing, craft, knitting

September 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

September 16th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

September 18th: Sausage sizzleNarrabeen Bunnings car park                                                 

October 1st: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

October 1st: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park

October 11th: Fashion Parade, Newport Bowling Club

October 21st: Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

October 28th: Stall, Warriewood Square, Warriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

November 5th: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale  Craft, knitting, books

November 13th: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park   

November 18th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale Craft, knitting, books

December 3rd: Sausage sizzle, Narrabeen Bunnings car park    

December 9th: Stall, Warriewood SquareWarriewood Knitting, craft, sewing

December 9th: Stall, Mona Vale Hospital foyer  Baking, craft, knitting, books

“LOOSELY WOVEN” gives FREE  CONCERT  in AVALON  "BURN"

4 pm Sunday 31st July- 
at Avalon Baptist Church 2 George St.
Fundraiser for Amnesty International Avalon Group

Reviewer Paul Cruise says about Loosely Woven Concerts "There's one sure thing about a Loosely Woven performance: fun will be had"  

On Sunday  31st July  local music group Loosely Woven - led by charismatic Wayne Richmond - will perform their new concert  'BURN"  at  4 pm at  AVALON BAPTIST CHURCH.  This will be a free, light-hearted, acoustic concert and features 24 musicians and singers. 

The program will include the usual wide variety of items including Si Kahn’s powerful song ‘What you do with what you’ve got’ and some classics such as:
Let it be (beautiful ‘Mary Black’ version)
Throw your arms around me (Hunters & Collectors)
My heart will go on (from ‘Titanic’)
Your feet’s too big (Fats Waller)
Ma bella Marguerite (from ‘Bless the Bride’)
Naughty (from ‘Matilda’)
a few Australian songs:
Portugal Beach (Tony Eardley)
The Old Time Country Show (Pat Drummond)
Shackleton (Paul Jarmon)
a few ‘rock’ favourites:
Fernando (ABBA)
The Loco-motion (Little Eva)
Chicken Fried (Zac Brown Band)   

and lots more! Instruments this time will include violins, flutes, harps, clarinets, saxophones, concertinas, accordion, glockenspiel, guitars, mandolin, keyboard and percussion.

Avalon Baptist Church co-sponsors this concert with Avalon Amnesty International Group.

You can enjoy a musical treat and also support human rights by coming. The concert is free and there is always a scrumptious free supper.
Voluntary donations will go to Amnesty International and help people around the world suffering human rights abuse.  

Avalon Amnesty International group is at present working on several campaigns. One is "Community is Everything" which is to find support for Indigenous young people at risk of suicide or imprisonment. We also send letters and try to help innocent  people who face huge injustice including  torture, discrimination, violence, imprisonment and death. 

Free Concert:   “BURN”  (Loosely Woven)
Free Afternoon tea
Date: 31st July @  4  p.m.                                                                                   
Place:    Avalon Baptist Church -   2 George St.
Voluntary Donations:  Avalon Amnesty International Group
Information: Kath Moody 99971815   Email:  kath_moody@hotmail.com  avalonbaptistchurch.net   www.amnesty.org.au

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment August Forum

Blackout Narrabeen - building resilience: 7pm Monday August 22, 2016

At: Coastal Environment Centre, Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen. Michael Furey will outline what the future threats are to our power supplies and the ways in which we can build resilience by acting now. 

There will be an explanation of the actions being taken already in the Sydney area. After supper we will hold a brief Annual General Meeting.

Entry free but a donation is requested to cover expenses

Email: Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment to get a ticket and book a place.

Get Online On August 9

August 9 is Census night. It's our moment to pause and play a role in shaping the future of Australia. The Census of Population and Housing (Census) is Australia’s largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). For more than 100 years, the Census has provided a snapshot of Australia, showing how our nation has changed over time, allowing us to plan for the future. 

The next Census is on August 9. It’s a moment for everyone to play a role in shaping the future of Australia. 

The aim of the Census is to accurately collect data on the key characteristics of people in Australia on Census night and the dwellings in which they live. In 2016, the Census will count close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people, the largest number counted to date.

The 2016 Census will be Australia’s first predominantly digital Census. From August 1, households will receive a letter with a unique Census Login. Every household must use it to complete the Census online, or follow the directions to order a paper form. In some locations, households will receive a paper form upfront, with the option to complete it online.

The information you provide in the Census helps estimate Australia’s population, which is used to distribute government funds and plan services for your community – housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals and the environment. Census data is also used by individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors to make informed decisions on policy and planning issues that impact the lives of all Australians. 

Australia has a long and proud history of Census taking. Since the first national Census in 1911, Census data has played an important role in charting Australia’s history and shaping its future. 

Get online on August 9 and make a difference for your community.
Visit:  www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/getonline - then click on the 'Complete Your Survey' link to page once you have your Census Letter/document.

Elanora Players Present The Cemetery Club

“I hope I look as good as you when I am your age.” “You did!”

Ivan Menchell's appealingly bittersweet comedy, The Cemetery Club is Elanora Players’ current production. This hilarious play mixes humour and pathos and is one not to be missed. This will be the ninth show directed by Wade Orth with EP.

Three widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband's graves. Each woman is in a different stage of healing and moving on with her life. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgemental, particularly when a possible love in